Ohio Shuts Down Lupo's D&L, Hardrock Excavating
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirmed minutes ago that it has permanently revoked all operating permits for D&L Energy Group and Hardrock Excavating, both located at 2761 Salt Springs Road, and owned by Ben Lupo. The revocations came after employees were observed dumping oilfield waste into a storm sewer that emptied into the Mahoning River watershed.
ODNR received an anonymous tip Thursday that brine and drilling waste was being poured from a tanker truck at the site into the storm sewer. Investigators confirmed the tip Friday when they watched the illegal activity as it occurred.
Here is unedited text from ODNR's news release:
The Ohio EPA regulates any pollutants that enter waters of the state. Both state and federal laws prohibit the placement of industrial wastes in a location where they cause pollution of any waters of the state and without a permit. Under state law, violators face a misdemeanor penalty of up to one year in prison and a $25,000 fine. Under federal law, a knowing violation constitutes a felony. A knowing violation occurs when an individual or corporation knowingly discharges pollutants into navigable waters. The maximum penalty is a fine of $50,000 per day of violation and three years’ imprisonment.
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