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Criminal Press Releases - 2015

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OCEFT SealThis is a list of press releases announcing results of EPA criminal cases adjudicated in U.S. courts. The tables are sortable and can be viewed by date or alphabetically under all other headings.

Month/Day Defendant State Violation Related Media Case Status Press Release
11/5 Acquest Transit, LLC NY
  • Criminal Contempt - Prohibited filling of protected wetlands
Water Guilty Plea DOJ Press Release
10/27 Christopher Garrity ME
  • Clean Water Act Violation - Discharged a pollutant into the Piscataqua river.
Water Guilty Plea DOJ Press Release
8/19 Mississippi Phosphates Corp. (MPC) MS
  • Clean Water Act Violation - Discharging more than 38 million gallons of acidic waste water, resulting in 47,000+ fish kill.
Water Guilty Plea DOJ Press Release
8/5 James Jariv, Nathan Stoliar NV
  • RINS Fraud - Biodiesel fuels scheme.  Generating fraudulent biodiesel credits and exporting biodiesel without providing biodiesel credits to the United States
Title 18 Sentencing DOJ Press Release
7/9 Jon Koloski WA
  • Unpermitted work which resulted in the loss of an endangered species habitat
Water Guilty Plea DOJ Press Release
6/29 Calumite Company LLC IN
  • Clean Air Act False Statement Violations
Air Sentencing DOJ Press Release
6/23 Victor Amezcua CA
  • Unlawful Disposal of Sewage "...knowingly pumped vacuum truck (port-a-potty) contents into a ravine... on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton"
Waste Guilty Plea DOJ Press Release
6/9 Southern Grease Company, George Butterworth TN
  • Illegal disposal of waste grease into municipal sewer systems
Water Guilty Plea Press Release
5/1/ William “Billy” Franklin Johnston NC
  • Discharging of cow feces into the French Broad River
Water Sentencing Press Release
4/30 Daryl Fisher, Russell Taylor FL
  • Improper use of pesticides resulting in significant loss of animal life
Pesticides Sentencing Press Release
4/29 Chad Ducey, Chris Ducey, Craig Ducey IN
  • RINs Fraud - Biodiesel fuels scheme  "...falsely claiming that the fuel was eligible for federal renewable energy incentives, when they knew it was not."Securities Fraud (Craig Ducey)
Title 18 Guilty Plea Press Release
4/22 Trans Energy, Inc. WV • Clean Water Act Violations - in connection with its natural gas drilling activity Clean Water Act Sentencing Press Release
4/15 Joseph Furando, Caravan Trading Co.,   CIMA Green IN
  • Fraudently selling biodiesel incentives (RINs fraud)
Title 18 Guilty Plea Press Release
3/18 Michael E. Burdette and Robert J. Reynolds W.Va
  • Clean Water Act Violations - re January 2014 Elk River chemical spill "negligently discharging MCHM into the Elk River without a permit"
Water Guilty Plea DOJ Press Release
3/16 William E. Tis and Charles E. Herzing W.Va
  • Clean Water Act Violations
Water Guilty Plea DOJ
3/4 Robert Pate WA
  • Clean Air Act violations - "knowingly discharging wastewater into Platinum/Squirell Creek without a Clean Water Act Permit; knowingly violating (XS Platinum Inc.'s) Clean Water Act permit for discharges to the Salmon River; and false reporting (to the Alaska Dept. of Conservation).
Water Guilty Plea DOJ Press Release
2/25 John W. Shelton WV
  • Conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act "...tampered with water samples to make them appear within permissible levels"
Water Guilty Plea FBI Press Release
1/27 Kelly Plating Company, Thomas E. White OH
  • Illegal discharges into sewer system
Water Guilty Plea

DOJ Press Release

1/22 Mark Sawyer, Newell Lynn Smith, Eric Gruenberg, Amida DiSanti, Milto DiSanti TN
  • Conspiracy Associated with Illegal Asbestos Removal
Air Sentencing DOJ
Press Release
1/16 James Leslie Vaughan MT
  • Illegally disposing of domestic sewage
Waste Sentencing Case Summary
1/7 Randy Jones WI
  • Pipeline Safety Violations and False Statements -  failing to conduct bi-monthly voltage readings and an annual survey of a pipeline used to transport jet fuel in violation of the Pipeline Safety Act (PSA) and making a false statement to the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA)
Pipeline Guilty Plea DOJ Press Release