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Mar 14, 2012 10:21 AM by AP

Biodiesel maker pleads guilty to illegal dumping

PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says a 56-year-old man who made biodiesel at his home in Iberville Parish has pleaded guilty to illegally dumping pollutants into a canal behind his home.

DEQ says Tommy M. Francise pleaded guilty in state court this week to dumping wastes, glycerin and grease in April 2010. Investigators say they found used cooking oil being discharged into the canal from a biodiesel production operation at his home.

On Monday, a state judge ordered Francise to pay a $2,500 fine and reimburse DEQ $2,700 to cover the agency's cost for its investigation. DEQ also says Francise was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to clean up his property.

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