The southeast Missouri man was sentenced this week to two years probation and given a $10,000 fine for violating the Clean Water Act. How did he violate the Act? By dumping biodiesel waste from Natural Biodiesel Plant LLC into a local ditch back in 2007. The waste, mostly glycerin but also other biodiesel byproducts, was pumped out of a tanker truck and killed at least 30,000 (maybe over 100,000) fish and other aquatic life, according to the Southeast Missourian. The Missouri DNR claims that it "spent a tremendous amount of time working with other state and federal agencies to investigate this violation and ensure it was properly cleaned up." Nice one, James.
[Source: Southeast Missourian, Missouri DNR]
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