Environmental Firm And Its Owner Sentenced On Pollution Charges
March 17, 2014 — U.S. District Court, Hammond —
A federal court judge sentenced a 47-year-old Griffith man to 4 years on probation, a $30-thousand dollar fine and 100 hours of community service, on his guilty-plea to discharging pollution through the Hammond Sanitary District’s water treatment works without a permit.
Ronald Holmes owned N-H Environmental Group. He and former Hammond Sanitary District manager Stewart Roth were charged with violating the U-S Clean Water Act, for allowing wastewater to illegally flow from a closed facility into the city sewers.
Holmes pleaded guilty to felony charges of pollution discharge, and his company pleaded guilty to a related misdemeanor charge. Roth’s already pleaded guilty to similar charges and is cooperating with federal environmental investigators.
N-H Environmental’s also been sentenced as a corporation to $75-thousand in restitution to the City of Hammond, $25-thousand in restitution to the Hammond Sanitary District and a $70-thousand dollar fine.