Businessman accused of violating Clean Water Act
BATON ROUGE - The U. S. Attorney's Office in Baton Rouge announced Thursday that a grand jury indicted a Zachary businessman on suspicion of violating federal water guidelines with his tank washing business.
The grand jury returned a 13-count indictment against Roger J. Dies, 55, which included five counts of violating the Clean Water Act. It also included accusations of witness tampering, obstruction of justice, creating false documents, and making false statements.
The indictment accused Dies, who own and operates Baton Rouge Tank Wash, of discharging wastewater from his business into the local sewer system that far exceeded the permitted toxicity and contamination limits. It also said Dies tried to cover his tracks by lying to investigators, creating false documents and tampering with a witness.
Acting U. S. Attorney Walt Green said the indictments were part of a wide-ranging investigation into corruption and fraud over compliance with federal environment laws.