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PA SEVERAL ADMIT GUILT IN ALABAMA’S ACMAR LANDFILL CASE
Release Date: 03/20/98
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 1998
SEVERAL ADMIT GUILT IN ALABAMA’S ACMAR LANDFILL CASE
On March 11, Paul Burke of Birmingham, Ala.; Joseph Farino of New York; the Acmar Regional Landfill Inc., of Moody, Ala.; and the Acmar Landfill Partnership pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in Birmingham to violating federal laws in connection with the operation of the Acmar Landfill. Acmar Regional Landfill Inc., admitted conspiring to illegally dispose of solid waste in a manner that resulted in discharges of leachate and other pollutants into Big Black Creek in St. Clair County, Ala. The corporation also pleaded to conspiring to commit mail fraud. The Acmar Landfill Partnership admitted violating a condition of its National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES Permit) by discharging leachate into Big Black Creek. Burke and Farino pled to violating the landfill’s NPDES permit. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management with the assistance of EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center.