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Tank wash owner fined for dumping unpermitted wastes

BATON ROUGE, La. — A business owner who admitted dumping unpermitted industrial wastes into the Baton Rouge sewer system and lying to a federal grand jury about it has been ordered to pay more than $481,000 in forfeitures, restitution and fines.

The Advocate reports U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick also put 55-year-old Roger Joseph Dies, of Zachary, on probation for two years on Wednesday.

Dies, who owns and operates Baton Rouge Tank Wash, pleaded guilty in September to failure to report third-party wastewater discharges in violation of the federal Clean Water Act and to obstruction of justice.

Dies’ attorney, John McLindon, reiterated that Dies did treat the industrial wastewater in question and that no untreated water was put into the city-parish sewer system.

The illegal discharges occurred between 2009 and 2012.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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