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Company pleads guilty to Clean Water Act violations

Virginia Beach-based Forrest Sewer Pump Service, Inc. pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act.
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Water from heavy rain flows through a manhole cover into a storm drain.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The U.S. Department of Justice said a Virginia Beach pump company has pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act.

According to prosecutors, Forrest Sewer Pump Service, Inc. violated the act in 2015 and 2016 when it illegally discharged pollutants into unauthorized manholes and pump stations.

Forrest Sewer is licensed to haul wastewater had a permit to discharge it into the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) sewage treatment system. But according to court documents, Forrest Sewer admitted to discharging the wastewater elsewhere due to, among other things, avoid paying dumping fees to HRSD.

The company was caught on video illegally dumping at an undesignated location in the Virginia Beach area.

The company faces a maximum sentence of five years probation as well as a fine up to $50,000 per day of violation of the Clean Water Act. 

Sentencing is scheduled for October 24.