DENVER – East Point, LLC, and owner John Albert Paquette were sentenced on Monday to pay $10,000 each in fines after pleading guilty to polluting the Union Reservoir.
Court documents claim that on June 20, 2012 Paquette and East Point, LLC, knowingly discharged 1,000 gallons of raw sewage from a hose into Oligarchy Ditch. The ditch flows into Union Reservoir in Longmont. Paquette’s nearby self-storage company was the source of the sewage.
“Dumping sewage into a public irrigation ditch that leads to a public water reservoir has serious environmental and health consequences,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh. “The defendant in this case now knows there are criminal penalties for his conduct.”
On March 19 Paquette and East Point were charged with the transgression. Both defendants pleaded guilty on April 4 and were sentenced on Monday.
“Illegally discharged sewage can sicken people, fish and wildlife,” said Jeffrey Martinez, Special Agent in Charge of EPA’s criminal enforcement program in Colorado. “This case shows that those who try to save a buck by cutting corners will be vigorously prosecuted.”