Plant owner and company guilty of enviromental crimes
St. James Parish (NBC33) —
Charles Earnest Toth Jr., 46, who owned a now closed waste water treatment facility in Vacherie, was sentenced yesterday on violations of his facility’s Louisiana Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit.
He also plead guilty to operating his facility in a way that allowed for an illegal discharge.
His company, Armant Environmental Services, LLC (AES), pled guilty to three counts involving violations of its facility’s Louisiana Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit. These charges stem the illegal dumping of untreated wastewater on the ground and failing to maintain and operate a proper treatment system.
Toth was arrested by DEQ’s Criminal Investigation Division in June 2009, after a lengthy investigation by DEQ-CID, the Louisiana Environmental Crimes Task Force and DEQ civil inspectors found that AES was routinely dumping loads of untreated wastewater on the ground.
DEQ staff took soil samples on the property and determined there were chemicals related to oil and petroleum products around broken pipes on the ground.