Mississippi trucking company pleads not guilty

| 9/11/2001

A Mississippi trucking company owner and two employees pleaded not guilty last week to federal charges of violating federal water pollution and hazardous waste regulations. The company faces a maximum fine of up to $500,000 or twice the profits of the crime, whichever is higher.

James Fielder, owner and president of Truck, Trailer and Equipment Inc. of Pearl, MS, his son and company manager Edgar Allen Fielder, and employee Carlos Lindsey each have entered not guilty pleas in federal court in Jackson. They are charged with violating the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

The defendants are charged with illegally dumping chemical solvents into the Pearl River and surrounding wetlands. It is further alleged that when ordered by public safety officials to stop the dumping, the defendants arranged to dump the caustic wastes into an outlying area in Rankin County. If convicted, each defendant could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison and fined up to $250,000.