The owner of a Greer septic waste company will serve 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to illegal dumping.
51-year-old Timothy Howard was sentenced in federal court last week on two counts of violating the Clean Water Act. Howard owned American Waste, Inc. Prosecutors say Howard used a hauling truck to dump septic waste into a grease trap on at least two occasions –once outside a Greenville County grocery store in 2011 and again in 2013 behind a closed restaurant in Lyman. Those traps are only meant for food waste.
Prosecutors further said Howard made false statements to investigators and left out more than 85 percent of his septage handling activities in required documents filed with the state. He pleaded guilty to the charges back in March.
South Carolina environmental regulators at the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) served American Waste with a cease-and-desist order shortly after the second incident. The order said an on-site August 13 inspection of American Waste discovered PCBs both at the site and on the company’s equipment. PCB is an industrial coolant that was once used in manufacturing electrical equipment before it was banned by Congress since 1979 because of its link to cancer.
However, PCBs were not mentioned in documents related to Howard’s guilty plea.