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MISSOURI RAILROAD SUPERVISOR CHARGED WITH LEAD POLLUTION

Release Date: 12/18/98
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1998

MISSOURI RAILROAD SUPERVISOR CHARGED WITH LEAD POLLUTION

Dillon L. Magers was charged with one count of conspiracy, six counts of violating the Clean Water Act, and two counts of making false statements by a grand jury on Dec. 11, in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis. Magers, the Midwest Supervisor of Environmental Operations for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF), allegedly conspired to withhold pertinent information from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) concerning his sampling and analyses for lead contamination on soils at the BNSF railroad car cleaning facility which is located one mile north of Cherryville, Mo. Railroad cars carrying lead ore were cleaned of lead sulfide residue at the facility. The defendant also is charged with channeling storm runoff water contaminated with lead from the cleaning facility into Cherry Valley Creek. If convicted on all counts, Magers faces a maximum sentence of up to 36 years imprisonment and/or a maximum fine of $2 million. The case was investigated by EPA's Criminal Investigation Division, EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center, MDNR and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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