St. Landry Parish man pleads guilty to environmental crimes, gets jail time
POSTED: Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:04am
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — On Monday, Joseph L. Jones, 58, of St. Landry Parish, pled guilty to 11 felony charges involving criminal violations of Plaisance Development Corporation’s water discharge permits in St. Landry Parish.
Jones was the president of Plaisance Development Corporation which operated six wastewater treatment plants in St. Landry Parish as well as six wastewater treatment plants in Evangeline Parish. Jones was charged with knowingly violating the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit by exceeding discharge limitations and not providing monitoring results for the facilities operated in St. Landry Parish.
Jones was sentenced to 18 months in jail to run concurrently with a previous sentence he received on multiple violations in Evangeline Parish, restitution of $5115.00 to be paid to DEQ and five years supervised probation upon his release from jail. Jones is prohibited from working with wastewater treatment operations again. Jones was arrested on July 22, 2010, on these charges.
Plaisance Development Corporation pled guilty to 18 felony charges and was fined $90,000.