A Williamsport, Pa., businessman whose company was involved in the demolition of a major Jamestown industrial complex pleaded guilty Wednesday to a Clean Water Act violation that carries a possible prison term of up to one year and a fine of $25,000 for each provable day of the violation.
Leo M. Williams, 65, owner of Lycoming Construction Services LLC, admitted in the plea deal that a significant amount of water contaminated with dust and debris from the demolition of the Dahlstrom industrial complex on Jamestown’s Buffalo Street was discharged illegally into the nearby Chadakoin River. The demolition project ran from January 2012 until last November.
Williams “conducted a demolition project which released a significant amount of water contaminated with dust and debris directly into the river, endangering public health and the environment,” said Vernesa Jones-Allen, special agent in charge of New York State Operations for the Federal Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal enforcement division.
Williams will be sentenced Sept. 3 by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny in Buffalo.