Florida Department of Environmental Protection law enforcement agents have arrested a business owner for violating the Florida Litter Law, a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine up to $5,000.
Jim L. Keeler, of Jim Keeler Enterprises, Inc., was also charged with two first degree misdemeanors, each punishable by up to one year in prison and/or a fine up to $1,000.
DEP’s one month investigation of the trucking maintenance and repair business located at 1279 County Highway 2A in Walton County revealed the illegal disposal of business-generated waste on an adjacent timberland property owned by Keeler.
Approximately 30 cubic yards of waste were discovered, including several hundred uncrushed, used oil filters and 11, 55-gallon barrels of used oil.
Investigators also discovered that in the eight years Jim Keeler Enterprises had been in business as a commercial trucking company, the company had never hired or used a solid waste contractor to dispose of its commercial solid waste.
Instead, Keeler had directed his employees to dispose of the business’ waste by moving the waste to the adjacent timberland, then burning and/or burying the debris.