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Friday, August 8, 2014

Youngstown Illegal Dumping Case Finally Closed as Lupo Gets Prison Sentence

From the Youngstown Vindicator:
Ben Lupo’s sentence of 28 months in federal prison and fine of $25,000 for ordering illegal discharges of oilfield waste down a storm drain and into a Mahoning River tributary in Youngstown are well-deserved, a U.S. Attorney said. 
“Clean water and fresh air are not only important; they are the birthright of every man, woman and child in this great state,” said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, after the Tuesday sentencing. 
“Today’s sentence was a significant sentence, but it was fully justified by Mr. Lupo’s repeated — 31 different times — his repeated decisions to have pollutants dumped,” into the tributary, Dettelbach said. “Environmental crimes are extremely serious matters.” 
As he spoke to reporters outside the federal courthouse, Dettelbach held a sample jar containing oil floating on water, which was collected from one of Lupo’s tanks, whose contents were dumped illegally Jan. 31, 2013.
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