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Jackson wastewater hauler pleads guilty to Clean Water Act violation

An employee of Partridge-Sibley Industrial Services, Inc., a wastewater hauling business based in Jackson, has pleaded guilty for his part in illegally discharging industrial waste into the Jackson sewer system.

William Roberts, age 44 of Pearl, admitted supervising the transportation and disposal of industrial waste from Gold Coast Commodities, Inc., of Brandon, to a site in Jackson, which, as a result of his negligence, caused the waste to be trucked and hauled to a facility that was not a legal discharge point designated by the Jackson Wastewater Treatment System to receive the waste.

Roberts entered his guilty plea before United States Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball. Roberts will be sentenced on Dec. 14. 

“The defendant’s negligent conduct contributed to the discharge of millions of gallons of untreated industrial waste into the Jackson water system,” said Special Agent in Charge Chuck Carfagno, of EPA-CID Southeast Area Branch.  “EPA and its law enforcement partners will vigorously investigate and prosecute those who deliberately violate our nation’s environmental laws.”