U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training: Environmental Crimes Case Bulletin/January – March, 2021

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C.

Region

Defendants

Case Type/Status

Region

Defendants

Case Type/Status

1

JP Ellis Enterprise, Inc. d/b/a Cape Cod Ice

Sentencing/Fined and placed on probation for three years for allegedly repeatedly failing to implement a Risk Management Plan to be executed in the event of an accidental release of anhydrous ammonia

2

James Petro, Richard McGoey

Plea Agreement/Pleaded guilty to one count of allegedly negligently causing the release of asbestos into the ambient air

2

James S. Marshall

Plea Agreement/Pleaded guilty to alleged negligent endangerment under the Clean Air Act

2

Gunay Yakup

Plea Agreement/Pleaded guilty to allegedly illegally removing and disposing of large quantities of asbestos-containing materials

3

Filibuster Distillery LLC, Filibuster Barrels LLC, Sid Dilawri

Indictment/Indicted on 115 counts of allegedly violating the State Water Control Law for dumping over 40,000 gallons of industrial waste into a stream in Shenandoah County, Virginia

4

Andrew Walker

Plea Agreement/Pleaded guilty to allegedly illegally discharging industrial waste into the Jackson, Mississippi, Sewer System

5

Robert J. Massey

Plea Agreement/Pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of violating the Clean Water Act stemming from alleged discharges of landfill leachate totaling more than forty-seven million gallons into the Flint, Michigan, sanitary sewer system

5

Bonnie Dennee

Sentencing/Sentenced to five years in federal prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release, for alleged conspiracy to store and transport hazardous waste without required permits and manifests

5

Andrew Ecklund

Sentencing/Sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $2,500 fine for allegedly falsifying laboratory test results

5

Eric Jay Weckworth-Pineda

Plea Agreement/Pleaded guilty to one count of alleged negligent discharge of a pollutant

5

Tanner John Sik

Plea Agreement/Pleaded guilty to one count of alleged negligent discharge of a pollutant

6

James Tassin

Plea Agreement/Pleaded guilty to allegedly violating the Clean Water Act in connection with an oil spill in 2016

6

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co, Inc.

Indictment/Indicted for allegedly knowingly violating requirements of federal safety regulations and allegedly negligently releasing 24,000 pounds of methyl mercaptan

6

Patrick Huse

Indictment/Indicted for alleged criminal conduct related to oil extraction in the Gulf of Mexico

6

Brandon Wall

Indictment/Indicted for alleged criminal conduct related to oil extraction in the Gulf of Mexico

7

Wyatt Travnichek

Indictment/Indicted on a federal charge accusing Travnichek of alleged tampering with a public water system and one count of alleged reckless damage to a protected computer during unauthorized access

7

Russell McKeehan, Sr.

Sentencing/Sentenced to four years of probation for alleged storage of hazardous waste without a permit (including a six-month term of home confinement)

7

Aaron Rochester

Plea Agreement/Pleaded guilty to one count of alleged unlawful storage of hazardous waste and one count of transportation of hazardous waste

9

Beatriz Santillan

Sentencing/Sentenced to 70 days in prison and ordered to pay $20,079 restitution for allegedly smuggling illegal pesticides

10

4 Brothers Dairy, Andrew Fitzgerald

Sentencing/Sentenced for alleged unlawful discharge of pollutant into a water of the United States, a misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act and ordered 4 Brothers to pay a $95,000 fine and owner Fitzgerald to pay a $35,000 fine

10

Tae Ryung Yoon, aka Thomas Yoon, Yoo Jim Management Company, Ltd, Mush Inn Corp.

Sentencing/Sentenced for alleged asbestos work violations under the Clean Air Act. Yoo Jim Management Company, Ltd. and Mush Inn Corporation sentenced to 3 years of probation and ordered to jointly and severally pay $30,000 in restitution and a $35,000 fine. Tae Ryung Yoon sentenced to a term of 2 years’ probation and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service

10

PurEnvironment

Sentencing/Sentenced to a year of probation, ordered to pay a $15,000 fine, and come into compliance with state and federal regulations for alleged crimes regarding the company’s false claims that its products could provide “90+ day protection” against COVID-19

 

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