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Mar 22, 2012 10:51 AM by AP

Man convicted of dumping waste into Red River

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A federal jury has convicted a Shreveport man of several violations including the dumping of untreated wastewater directly into the Red River.

The Times reports John Tuma, former president of ARKLA Disposal Services Inc. was convicted Wednesday of dumping wastewater without a permit, discharging untreated wastewater into Shreveport's sewer system and obstructing an Environmental Protection Agency inspection.

In February of 2011, Tuma and his son, Cody, were both charged in a five-count indictment with violations of the Clean Water Act, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Cody Tuma pleaded guilty in February to one count of negligently discharging pollutants into the Red River without a permit.

Sentencing for Cody Tuma has been set for June 20.

John Tuma is scheduled to be sentenced July 25.

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