SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Cabool man pleaded guilty Friday to dumping grease into the Big Piney River, violating of the Clean Water Act.
Brian Dale Fleming, 51, pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly discharging a pollutant into the Big Piney River without a permit.
Fleming owns BF Byproducts, LLC, in Cabool. BF Byproducts (formerly Fleming Recycling) is a grease-recycling business. Employees were instructed by Fleming to pump the un-needed waste grease down the hill from the main plant processing facility. The grease entered an unnamed tributary that leads into the river.
In April 2015, several agencies executed a search warrant at BF Byproducts after residents complained of used grease being found in nearby ditches and tributaries.
Fleming was fined $15,000 and will pay $3,818 in restitution to Missouri. Fleming has already served a year and a day in prison after a separate criminal conviction. That conviction dealt with a conspiracy to steal used cooking oil from restaurants to take to an Oklahoma grease recycling business.
A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the United States Probation Office completes a presentence investigation.