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Georgia Man Convicted of Violating State Solid Waste Laws

Release Date: 11/14/2002
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Teresa Libera 202-564-7873/

(11/14/2002) Ronald E. Crouse was convicted on Oct. 31 in Cobb County Superior Court on 12 counts of violating Georgia’s open dumping and solid waste laws. Crouse, operator of an auto salvage yard in Austell, Ga., collected payment from waste haulers and directed them to dump on a property next to his salvage yard, which was owned by the Jadow Corp. He did not have permission from Jadow Corp., nor did they know he was operating a landfill on their property. Also, Crouse did not have a permit to operate a landfill. The waste, which consists mostly of concrete, bricks and construction and demolition debris, covers an approximate area of four acres by a depth of 20-30 feet. It will cost approximately $1 million to cleanup this illegal dump site. When sentenced, Crouse faces a maximum sentence of up to 35 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $600,000. The case was investigated by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division. It was prosecuted by the Georgia Attorney General’s office with assistance from Cobb Judicial Circuit District Attorney.