Man Pleads Guilty Environmental Crimes

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A 58-year-old Plaisance man has pleaded guilty to 11 felony charges involving criminal violations of his company's water discharge permits in St. Landry Parish.

Joseph L. Jones was the president of Plaisance Development Corporation which operated six wastewater treatment plants in St. Landry Parish as well as six wastewater treatment plants in Evangeline Parish.

Prosecutors say Jones was charged with knowingly violating the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit by exceeding discharge limitations and not providing monitoring results for the facilities operated in St. Landry Parish.

Jones was sentenced this week to 18 months in jail to run concurrently with a previous sentence he received on multiple violations in Evangeline Parish.

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12/5/2012 10:46:11 AM (GMT -6:00)

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