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A Columbia man was sentenced to prison for dumping hazardous waste into a creek, according to U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon.

Michael Greene, 45, of Columbia, was sentenced to 90 days in federal prison and fined $25,000, after pleading guilty to violating the Clean Water Act.

Facts presented to the court showed Greene worked for an environmental company offering hazardous waste disposal services.

Greene’s job was to transport the liquid runoff from solid waste at an Eastover landfill to the Florence Wastewater Management Facility. Instead, he illegally dumped the liquid runoff, or “leachate,” into the Leesburg Branch Creek on multiple occasions in mid-2017.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Winston David Holliday Jr. of the Columbia office prosecuted the case.

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