The worker admits to dumping raw waste into the Jackson water system

The worker admits to dumping raw waste into the Jackson water system

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – An employee of a Mississippi wastewater company pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to participating in an illegal discharge of industrial waste into the capital’s sewer system.

William Roberts, an employee of Partridge-Sibley Industrial Services, admitted to overseeing the improper disposal of industrial waste at a commercial entity in Jackson. As a result of Roberts’ negligence, the waste was trucked to a facility that was not a legal discharge designated to receive the waste, federal prosecutors said.

“The defendant’s negligent conduct contributed to the release of millions of gallons of untreated industrial waste into the Jackson water system,” said Chuck Carfagno, Special Agent in Charge of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Jackson’s water and sewer system has been plagued by problems dating back years. The water system was recently hit by a crisis that forced people in the city of 150,000 to work for days without running water in late August and early September.

In addition to EPA and local law enforcement officials, the case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Roberts’ attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He will be sentenced on December 14, 2022.

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