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Wastewater brokerage owners charged in federal court for illegal disposal of industrial waste

June 18, 2013
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The owners of a wastewater brokerage firm were charged in federal court Monday for allegedly injecting more than 380,000 gallons of industrial wastewater down a well in Assumption Parish, La., The Advocate reported.

The men -- Raymond Marcel and Cyril D. Robicheaux -- and their company -- Morgan City-based RAM Environmental Services LLC -- are accused of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and violate the Safe Drinking Water Act.

According to the charges, RAM sent waste streams from two clients to FAS Environmental Services' injection well in Assumption Parish. FAS was not licensed to dispose of the wastewater.

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Marcel and Robicheaux each face a possible five-year prison term and possible fine of $250,000, according to the article.

Both men have pleaded guilty, according to attorney C. Frank Holthaus. “We’re not fighting this,” Holthaus told The Advocate. “My clients have cooperated with the government from the beginning and have reached a plea agreement.”