More fines for dumping waste into Hammond sewers
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org May 19, 2014 7:56PM
Updated: May 19, 2014 10:12PM
A manager for an East Chicago company that dumped waste into Hammond sewers without a permit must pay $4,000 in fines for his part in the case.
Stewart J. Roth, 60, was also sentenced to two years of probation, according to court records.
Roth pleaded guilty in May 2012 to one count of violating the Clean Water Act.
Roth worked for Tierra Environmental & Industrial Services, an East Chicago company that cleans up various kinds of waste, including grease and oil from restaurants.
The company normally paid other companies to actually dispose the waste, but in 2008 starting dumping the waste at a Hammond building that Tierra’s owner, Ronald Holmes, owned. Although a prior tenant in the building had a permit from the Hammond Sanitary District to dump waste there, Tierra did not.
Roth admitted he told Tierra drivers to take waste to the building even though he knew it did not have a permit.
Holmes, who has pleaded guilty, is serving four years on probation and must pay $30,000 in fines. NH Environmental, Tierra’s parent company, was ordered to pay $170,000 in restitution and fines. Another defendant, Thomas Grad, will be sentenced Thursday for his role in the case.