An employee of a wastewater transport company pleads guilty to charges that he illegally dumped industrial wasteMississippi sewer system in violation of the Clean Water Act, prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Partridge-Sibley Industrial Services, Inc. William Roberts, an employee of A.D., admitted that he owned Gold Coast Commodities, Inc. in Brandon, Mississippi. Supervised the transportation and disposal of industrial waste from a “Site in a Commercial Unit” in Jackson, Southern. The Mississippi District US Attorney’s Office made the announcement in a news release.
Because of Roberts’ negligence, the waste was “trucked and taken to a facility that was not a legal discharge point designated by the Jackson Wastewater Treatment System to receive the waste,” prosecutors said.
The 44-year-old is to be sentenced on December 14.
“The defendant’s reckless conduct contributed to the discharge of millions of gallons of untreated industrial waste into the Jackson water system,” EPA-CID Special Agent in Charge Chuck Carfagno said in a statement. “The EPA and its law enforcement partners will vigorously investigate and prosecute those who knowingly violate our nation’s environmental laws.”
The city of Jackson was already under a boil water notice when, in late August, heavy rainfall and flooding damaged the Obie Curtis Water Plant, causing a citywide drop in water pressure. President BidenAnd Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves issued an emergency declaration to help tackle the problem.
The National Guard was called in to help with water distribution, schools and businesses were forced to close and residents were toldBecause the water was not safe.
normal water pressure wasIn early September, city officials said at the time.