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Baton Rouge business owner admits dumping waste

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Posted: Sep 4, 2014 3:40 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: Sep 4, 2014 7:37 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Zachary, business, dump, industrial waste, sewer system, trial, court, hearing, grand jury

BATON ROUGE - A Zachary man who owns a Baton Rouge business has admitted to dumping unpermitted industrial wastes into the city-parish sewer system between 2009 and 2012 and lying to a grand jury about it.

55-year-old Roger Joseph Dies faces up to 13 years in prison, along with substantial fines and possible restitution, following his guilty pleas Tuesday to one count each of failure to report third-party wastewater discharges in violation of the federal Clean Water Act and obstruction of justice.

U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick did not set a sentencing date for Dies, who owns and operates Baton Rouge Tank Wash.

An indictment alleged Dies accepted $371,000 to dump more than 6.3 million gallons of unpermitted, untreated or undertreated industrial wastes into drains at his company's facility.

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