Evangeline

Sep 2, 2011 9:50 AM by KATC

DEQ Announcement

An Evangeline Parish jury convicted Joseph L. Jones, 57, on 15 of 15 felony counts and Plaisance Development Corporation (PDC), his company, on 15 of 15 felony counts for knowing violations of the Louisiana Water Control Law. Jones is the president and chairman of the board of Plaisance Development Corporation, a sewage treatment company responsible for operating and maintaining six sewage treatment facilities servicing residential subdivisions throughout Evangeline Parish.

In February 2010, Jones was arrested by Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality investigators and charged with knowing violations of PDC's Louisiana Pollution Discharge Elimination System permits by not sampling or submitting monitoring results, causing or allowing unpermitted discharges, and failing to provide proper operation and maintenance for the six facilities.

Jones and Plaisance Development Corporation are scheduled to be sentenced in the 13th Judicial District Court in Ville Platte on October 19, 2011. Jones and Plaisance Development Corporation face similar charges for sewage treatment facilities in St. Landry Parish. Trial in St. Landry Parish is set for December 2011.

Violations can result in a fine of not less than $5,000, but no more than $50,000 per day of violation, or imprisonment for not more than three years, with or without hard labor, or both.

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