The state Attorney General’s Office has filed charges against the owner of a Seattle tank removal and repair company for allegedly dumping at least 20,000 gallons of wastewater into the public sewer system.
Thomas Wise, the owner of Tank Wise, a company located in South Seattle, was charged in King County Superior Court with first-degree defrauding a public utility, unlawful dumping of solid waste without a permit and making a false or misleading statement to a public servant, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. Wise is accused of using a pipe to discharge oil and oil sludge into a sanitary sewer near the Duwamish River for up to eight years.
Seattle Public Utilities reported to the Environmental Protection Agency in March 2014 that it had found a black PVC pipe that contained oil, sludge and diesel fuel when it should have contained only treated water, according to court documents. Wise estimated that nearly 10,000 gallons of waste was dumped in both 2012 and 2013, though investigators believe the illegal dumping occurred for much longer.
The state Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case with the cooperation of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, according to a news release.