Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Partridge-Sibley Pleads Guilty to Illegal Dumping

The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

 Partridge-Sibley Industrial Services, Inc., a wastewater hauling business based in Jackson, Mississippi, pled guilty today to illegally discharging industrial waste into the Jackson sewer system, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Charles Carfagno with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4. 

During court today, the company admitted supervising the transportation and disposal of industrial waste from Gold Coast Commodities, Inc., of Brandon, Mississippi, to a site at a commercial entity in Jackson, which, as a result of its negligence, caused the waste to be trucked and hauled to a facility that was not a legal discharge point designated by the Jackson Wastewater Treatment System to receive the waste.

The corporation entered its guilty plea before United States Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball at the Thad Cochran United States Courthouse in Jackson.  The company agreed to pay the maximum statutory fine of $200,000, which the court imposed today.  The company will also be subject to one year of probation.


“PSI’s negligent conduct contributed to the discharge of millions of gallons of untreated industrial waste into the Jackson water system,” said Special Agent in Charge Chuck Carfagno, of EPA-CID Southeast Area Branch. “EPA and its law enforcement partners will vigorously investigate and prosecute those who deliberately violate our nations environmental laws.”

The case was investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Brandon Police Department, and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, with cooperation from City of Brandon and City of Jackson municipal governments.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gaines Cleveland.

Kingfish note: Ok, now for the plain English version.  Brandon caught Gold Coast Commodities dumping wastewater into the sewer system.  The wastewater was highly acidic with a pH of approximately 2.  Run out of Brandon, Gold Coast hired Partridge-Sibley to haul the wastewater to Rebel High Velocity Sewer Services in Jackson.  Six million gallons were dumped in the Jackson sewer system for two years until MDEQ shut it down in 2017.  Gold Coast then hauled it to Pelahatchie for treatment, then to its own lagoon in Pelahatchie for treatment.  MDEQ shut down the poorly managed lagoon. 

Gold Coast settled with Brandon for $800,000 last year.  Jackson is seeking recovery against all three companies. 

Donald Partridge is the CEO and Justin Mahfouz is the President of Partridge-Sibley.  

Correction: The post originally stated a David Partridge and Mahfouz were owners of the company.


Collection of all Gold Coast Posts

Another conviction in Gold Coast dumping case.  

Jackson company dumps millions of gallons of industrial waste into sewer system. 

MDEQ: Gold Coast Commodities Sickened Neighbors, Dumped Acidic Wastewater

Brandon Sued Gold Coast for dumping acidic wastewater into sewer system

No fines issued

Company's Lagoon produced Hydrogen Sulfide cloud, knocked workers out. 

MDEQ: Gold Coast must shut down lagoon. 

Gold Coast gets a new lawyer. 

Acid cloud victims sue Brandon company

Jackson knew but did not sue. 

Gold Coast fights back. 

The Gold Coast stench. 

Permit Board revokes acid lagoon's permit. 

Jackson to sue trio for illegal dumping. 

Jackson sues Gold Coast over illegal dumping

Jackson withdraws Gold Coast lawsuit. 

Jackson refiles Gold Coast lawsuit. 

Gold Coast owner pleads guilty, Gold Coast responds



Anonymous said...

Yeah, so?

Anonymous said...

Cha-ching, more grease for Chowke's pals. Right?

Anonymous said...

How are these people not in jail and businesses closed???

Anonymous said...

And now they are in the marijuana business?

Anonymous said...

Wait..hold on. A minute now! Why isn’t the mayor in trouble for allowing the 954 million gallons of raw sewage empty into the Pearl? He is the same as the CEO of a private firm because the buck stops with him. How does he get away with it and the private sector is punished to the max? Would skin color be a factor?

Anonymous said... are exactly right.What he has and is failing to do is criminal.

Anonymous said...

Same people who got in trouble with their pot farm Madison County. What else are they doing they aren’t supposed to?

Anonymous said...

So Mahfouz, Davidson and Partridge do no time?

Anonymous said...

These principals belong behind bars

Anonymous said...

I remember how everyone was saying how long these perps would be in prison. This is the Feds and actually a misdemeanor if memory serves.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't they just dump it in the river? No one would ever say anything as it would just mix with all of the raw sewage Jackson pumps into the river.

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