Feds Accuse Oil Chem Of Dumping Landfill Liquid In Flint Sewers

Jan. 6, 2021
Federal prosecutors accuse Robert J. Massey of dumping nearly 50 million gallons of untreated liquid drained from eight landfills into Flint’s sewer system.

Robert J. Massey, owner and president of Oil Chem Inc. in Flint, Michigan, is charged with a felony of knowing violation of the Clean Water Act for dumping landfill liquid into the city’s sewer system, according to an article from Mlive.com. Federal prosecutors say Oil Chem dumped nearly 50 million gallons of untreated liquid drained from eight different landfills into Flint’s sewers.

Mlive reports that Massey is charged with directing “his employees to dispose of the landfill leachate through a hose from a tank to a sanitary sewer drain located at the Oil Chem facility, without treatment and in violation of Oil Chem’s wastewater discharge permit” from January 2007 until October 2015. This reportedly included waste from one hauler that included polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). According to the article, Oil Chem was cited with 30 civil infractions by the city of Flint in 2016 for alleged “misreporting of wastewater discharges and failure to report handling of industrial wastewater, including waste that potentially included PCBs.”

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