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Mississippi wastewater hauling business pleads guilty to Clean Water Act violation

Photo courtesy of Partridge-Sibley Industrial Services, Inc./website

Wastewater hauling business Partridge-Sibley Industrial Services, Inc., has pleaded guilty to illegally discharging industrial waste into the Jackson sewer system.

On Wednesday, the company admitted to supervising the transportation and disposal of industrial waste from Gold Coast Commodities, Inc., to a site at a commercial entity in Jackson. In turn, the waste was hauled to a facility that was not a legal discharge point designated by the Jackson Wastewater Treatment System to receive the waste as a result of the company’s negligence.

Within the past few months, several workers from Gold Coast Commodities, Inc., of Brandon, have pleaded guilty to their roles in violating the Clean Water Act through the illegal discharging of waste.

Partridge-Sibley Industrial Services, Inc., entered its guilty plea at the Thad Cochran United States Courthouse in Jackson before agreeing to pay the maximum statutory fine of $200,000 imposed by the court. The company will also be subject to one year of probation.

“PSI’s negligent conduct contributed to the discharge of millions of gallons of untreated industrial waste into the Jackson water system,” Special Agent in Charge Chuck Carfagno, of EPA-CID Southeast Area Branch said. “EPA and its law enforcement partners will vigorously investigate and prosecute those who deliberately violate our nation’s environmental laws.”

The case was investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Brandon Police Department, and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, with cooperation from the City of Brandon and the City of Jackson municipal governments.

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