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WASHINGTON SALVAGE YARD OWNER INDICTED FOR DUMPING ON INDIAN LANDS
Release Date: 09/23/99
THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, 1999
WASHINGTON SALVAGE YARD OWNER INDICTED
FOR DUMPING ON INDIAN LANDS
Robert Stilwell, former owner of Goldendale Auto Wrecking in Goldendale, Wash., was indicted on Sept. 14, in U.S. District Court in Yakima for the alleged illegal disposal of hazardous waste in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The defendant allegedly paid a former employee $100 to dispose of over 400 gallons of paint related wastes, including enamels, tank liners, and solvents. The materials were allegedly illegally deposited in the woods on property owned by the Yakima Indian Nation, outside of Goldendale. If convicted, Stilwell faces a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and was prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.
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