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PA ABANDONMENT OF HAZARDOUS WASTE LEADS TO GUILTY PLEA
Release Date: 09/04/98
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1998
ABANDONMENT OF HAZARDOUS WASTE LEADS TO GUILTY PLEA
Darlene Warner and Duane Warner, both of Wilsonville, Ore., pleaded guilty on Sept. 1, in U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in Portland, to violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Both defendants were part owners of C&I Coatings Inc., a Portland paint company which ceased doing business in 1994. Darlene Warner pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and admitted that she paid her son, Trevor Lamberson, $3,000 to dispose of over 7,600 pounds of waste flammable liquids including paint waste, paint sludge, solvents and lacquer thinner. In January 1997, he abandoned the waste on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) west of Eugene, Ore. Duane Warner pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting his stepson Lamberson by helping him load the wastes onto a truck. When sentenced, Darlene Warner faces a maximum of up to five years in prison and/or fines of up to $250,000. Duane Warner faces a maximum of up to one year in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000. Both Warners have agreed to reimburse BLM $14,000 for its costs in cleaning up drums and spilled wastes at the dump site. Trevor Lamberson has already served a period of four months incarceration in federal prison. This investigation was conducted by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the BLM.