Father, Son Plead Guilty After Environmental Investigation into Business

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BANKS TOWNSHIP -- Two executives of a company that recycles waste oil and other substances in Carbon County entered pleas in connection with an investigation that started back in 2012.

That's when state environmental officials searched Hazleton Oil and Environmental near McAdoo.

Former employees accused the company of dumping and burying contaminated soil, storing hazardous waste, and dumping anti-freeze into the sewer system.

On Tuesday, John Clemens pleaded guilty to tampering with records and unlawful conduct.

He was ordered to pay $50,000 in fines and $62,000 in restitution.

His son, Daniel Clemens pleaded guilty to unlawful conduct and was ordered to pay $4,000 in fines, serve 150 hours  community service, and serve at least two years probation.

1 Comment

  • RicU.

    $112,000 and a month of “community service” seems like a slap on the wrist when the whistle blowers are going to be un or under employable for decades. Usually, the “system” doesn’t reward them for their risks Usually, whistle blowers “are just getting even” for being treated poorly by a bullying boss. I wonder how much the defendants didn’t get caught doing.

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