MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge sentenced an Alabama man to a year of probation for dumping grease into Mobile's sewer system
rather than hauling it to an approved treatment plant.
Michael L. Edington pleaded guilty last year to discharging
pollutants into the sewage system and conspiring to violate the
Clean Water Act. The 56-year-old, who worked for a local
Roto-Rooter franchise, cooperated with authorities.
U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade also sentenced him to help pay $5,975 in restitution to the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System.
Prosecutors asked for leniency because he helped them build a
case against his ex-employer.
Edington, for his part, told the judge: "Remorse is not the
word. It's much more than that."
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