New Haven — Bruno Suraci, an organic farmer who drives an electric car and recycles the waste from his New Haven painting company, recently got a call from a friend in California. He Googled his name and found it next to a Haz-mat sign—as the Public Enemy Number One of environmental investigators.

The news came from the state of Connecticut, which announced victory in a legal battle against Suraci (pictured with dolphin and daughter) and three New Haven businesses he runs. A judge ordered Suraci to pay $743,500 for alleged violations of state environmental rules.

Some headlines, Suraci said, gave the impression he was dumping paint in the Quinnipiac River.

The truth, he said, is far from it.

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