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
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.