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Imperial man pleads guilty to dumping

An Imperial man has pleaded guilty to dumping hazardous waste material in French Village.

Robert Frost, 35, pleaded guilty to one felony count of illegal disposal of hazardous waste.  He appeared before United States District Judge Rodney W. Sippel Wednesday.

According to court documents, in January 2009, Frost entered into an agreement with Complete Roofing Company, Inc. to dispose of approximately 60 55-gallon drums containing roofing waste from the Complete Roofing facility in Imperial, at a cost of $10 per drum.

Approximately 26 of the drums were too full to scrap. Frost illegally transported and disposed of these 26 drums, some of which contained hazardous waste, on an abandoned home site located on Route Y in French Village.

Frost now faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. Sentencing has been set for Feb. 5.

Acting United States Attorney Michael W. Reap  commended the work on the case by Region 7 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation Division, Missouri Department of Natural Resources; and Special Assistant United States Attorney Anne Rauch, who is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s office.

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