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Ala. Waste Company Charged With Illegal Disposal

Mobile, AL – A Mobile waste disposal company and two top executives are facing federal charges of illegal disposal of waste.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday a federal grand jury in Mobile has indicted DHS Inc. and its president, Donald Gregory Smith and manager William Wilmoth Sr., alleging numerous violations of the Clean Water Act.

Company officials issued a statement denying the allegations and saying they will defend themselves vigorously.

They are accused of dumping into sewers thousands of gallons of waste grease and oil. The company is a Roto-Rooter franchisee and operates under that name.

Justice officials say Michael L. Edington pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Mobile to having dumped from Roto-Rooter pump trucks numerous loads of grease into sewer systems between 2004 and 2006.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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