Drycleaner fined $1,000 for hazardous waste in toilet
The owner of a drycleaning business in Lafayette, LA, was recently ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service because his employees had flushed hazardous chemicals down a toilet located on the premises.
U.S. District Judge Richard Haik also ordered the company to pay an additional $2,500 fine.
A former manager at the business, Jason Bruno, was previously sentenced to 300 hours of community service in the case.
Plant owner, Jason Prejean, plead guilty back in July of 2012 for the negligent discharge of pollutants on his property and failure to make sure the drycleaning chemical waste was disposed of properly.
His One Low Price Cleaners is located on West Willow Street.
The decision, which took place at the end of last year, closed the book on an investigation that first began in May of 2009 when the Lafayette Fire Department received reports from another nearby business of strong chemical odors.
During the ensuing investigation, it was reported that employees at One Low Price Cleaners had admitted to federal prosecutors that they had flushed water from the plant’s drycleaning machines down the toilet and into the sewage system.
The flushed wastewater contained spent perchloroethylene, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified as a likely human carcinogen.
At one time, the plant’s waste had been picked up by a hazardous chemical disposal company; however, when Prejean plead guilty to the crime, he declared in court documents that the business had ceased payment of the service.
According to Prejean’s attorney, Kevin Stockstill, the business no longer drycleans on site at this time.
He told a reporter: “Basically, now the drycleaning is outsourced to another company. There certainly won’t be any other issues for chemicals at this facility.”
FabriClean, SDA sponsor Dallas event
This March, the Southwest Drycleaners Association will be teaming up with FabriClean Supply in Dallas to offer its Spring Showcase for drycleaners.
The event will be held from March 15 to 17 at the FabriClean Supply facility at 8301 Ambassador Row.
Attendees will be able to learn important industry tips from various speakers who will discuss a variety of topics, such as how to increase your drycleaning sales, marketing, web development and management, social media and customer service.
The list of guest speakers has yet to be finalized, but it looks likely to include Michael Nesbit, president of MW Cleaners of Texas, and James Peuster, a.k.a. The Route Pro.
In addition to the educational seminars, there will be an opportunity for visitors to tour FabriClean’s Dallas facility and enjoy a complimentary lunch and beverages.
Also on tap for the weekend will be an SDA board meeting scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
For more information on the Spring Showcase, contact SDA by phone at (512) 873-8195 or send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and registration is available online at SDA’s site: www.sda-dryclean.com.