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Court Upholds Convictions in La. Pollution Case

A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions and prison sentence of a former owner of a Shreveport wastewater treatment facility who instructed employees to illegally dump untreated wastewater into the Red River and the city's sewer system.
NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions and prison sentence of a former owner of a Shreveport wastewater treatment facility who instructed employees to illegally dump untreated wastewater into the Red River and the city's sewer system.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected John Tuma's arguments that a judge erroneously excluded evidence from his 2012 trial about the alleged lack of environmental harm caused by the wastewater dumping.

U.S. District Judge Tom Stagg sentenced Tuma to five years in prison and ordered him to pay a $100,000 fine.

Tuma was the general manager and former owner of Arkla Disposal Services Inc. The company's Shreveport facility received wastewater from oilfield exploration and production facilities.

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