Plant's ex-manager sentenced for illegal discharge
GONZALES - A former plant manager has been sentenced to a year of home incarceration for illegally discharging wastes from the Armant Environmental Services plant, a now-closed wastewater treatment facility in Vacherie.
State District Judge Alvin Turner Jr. sentenced 44-year-old Jeffrey Dabadie, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., this week. His home incarceration will be electronically monitored.
Dabadie pleaded guilty to three felony counts of knowingly violating the facility's Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.
The state Department of Environmental Quality's criminal investigation division arrested Dabadie in June 2009.
After a lengthy investigation, inspectors found that Dabadie routinely dumped loads of untreated wastewater on the ground, thereby bypassing the treatment facility at AES.
Soil samples showed there were chemicals related to oil and petroleum products around broken pipes on the ground. The site has since been cleaned.
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