businessman has been sentenced to four years of probation after pleading
guilty to illegally discharging pollutants into the Hammond’s Sanitary
District’s sewer system, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern
District of Indiana said.
Ronald Holmes, 47,
was sentenced last week to four years of probation, ordered to pay a $30,000
fine, and given 100 hours of community service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office
Holmes had pleaded
guilty to a charge of causing the discharge of pollutants into Hammond’s
publicly owned treatment works when he had not been issued a permit to do
In a separate
Information, a company owned by Holmes, NH Environmental Inc., pleaded
guilty to a charge of negligently violating a national pretreatment standard
under the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. NH Environmental
was sentenced to four years of probation and ordered to pay $75,000 in
restitution to the City of Hammond, $25,000 in restitution to the Hammond
Sanitary District, and a $70,000 fine.
documents filed in this case, Holmes told NH Environmental managers “to
direct the company’s drivers to dispose of liquid wastes by regularly
discharging tanker truckloads down a drain inside a building that was owned
and/or controlled by Holmes and located in Hammond,” the U.S. Attorney’s
This case was
investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.