A Baton Rouge business owner who admitted dumping unpermitted industrial wastes into the city-parish sewer system and lying to a federal grand jury about it was ordered Wednesday to pay more than $481,000 in forfeitures, restitution and fines.
U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick also put Roger Joseph Dies, 55, of Zachary, on probation for two years.
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. A city-parish lawsuit against Dies is ongoing.
Baton Rouge Tank Wash is permitted to discharge water it uses to wash out truck tanks. The firm was not allowed to receive tankloads of industrial wastes to dump into the sewer system without prior city-parish authorization.
A federal grand jury accused Dies of accepting $371,000 to dump more than 6.3 million gallons of unpermitted, untreated or undertreated industrial wastes into drains at his company’s main facility in the 4400 block of Plank Road.
All of the facility’s wastewater flows to the city-parish’s North Wastewater Treatment Plant on Woodpecker Street, the indictment states.
Raymond Marcel Jr., one of the men alleged to have paid Dies to accept secret shipments of industrial wastes, previously pleaded guilty in a separate environmental crime and also was put on probation for two years. He was ordered to pay nearly $115,000 in restitution to Belle River-based FAS Environmental Services.
Marcel was a co-owner of RAM Environmental Services in Morgan City.
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