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Two Ohio senators seek tougher dumping penalties

By Bob Downing Published: February 15, 2013

Ohio State Senators Frank LaRose, R-Copley Township, and Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, announced today that they are introducing legislation to toughen penalties for the illegal dumping of wastes from gas and oil drilling.

The legislation is in response to federal water pollution charges filed against Ben Lupo of Poland, owner of two Youngstown companies, who was cited for the illegal Jan. 31 dumping of wastes to a storm sewer that drains to the Mahoning River.

The legislation elevates the crime to a felony and imposes a minimum sentence of three years in prison and a $10,000 fine for anyone who knowingly violates the law. Additional convictions would carry a six-year minimum sentence and a $25,000 fine.

"This legislation sends a clear message that the disregard of our state’s oil and gas laws will result in a punishment that is severe," Schiavoni said.

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