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Griffith businessman gets probation for illegally discharging pollutants into drain

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A Griffith 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 said.

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 so.

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.

According to 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 Office said.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

 

Posted 3/17/2014