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January 27, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Jury: Seattle business owner violated Clean Water Act

The owner of a South Seattle liquidation business was found guilty in federal court Friday of environmental-law violations and witness tampering in a chemical-dumping incident from August 2010.

Patrick Dooley, 59, the owner of Bargains, Inc., aka AAA Liquidating Services, Inc., will be sentenced in U.S. District Court April 27 on three counts of violating the Clean Water Act.

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said the charges stem from an incident in which Dooley had a juvenile employee dispose of 5-gallon containers of liquid bleach, and an acidic laundry solution, by dumping them in a toilet.

The combination created hazardous chlorine gas, poisoning the young worker, who required emergency medical treatment. During the investigation, prosecutors say Dooley claimed the 17-year-old worker had decided on his own to clean the toilet.

He also instructed another employee to provide false information to law-enforcement officers to hamper the investigation, prosecutors said.

Durkan said Dooley faces up to three years in prison for each environmental violation and up to 10 years in prison on the witness-tampering conviction.

 

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