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Ohioan to be sentenced for drilling-waste dumping

CLEVELAND (AP) — The owner of a northeast Ohio company is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court for ordering workers to dump toxic sludge and brine into a storm sewer that reached a tributary of the Mahoning River.

Prosecutors have asked that 64-year-old Ben Lupo of Poland, Ohio, be sentenced to three years in prison for unpermitted discharge into U.S. waters. He pleaded guilty in March and will be sentenced Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Lupo's employees dumped drilling fluids into a storm sewer 33 times between October 2012 and January 2013. The fluids contained chemicals such as benzene, toluene, barium and chlorides.

Lupo's attorneys argue their client made poor choices because of health problems he has and that he should be sentenced to probation or home detention instead of prison.

 

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