WICHITA — A Scammon man will serve 18 months in prison after dumping hazardous waste in Crawford County.
Jack E. Smith, 37, of Scammon, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful disposal of hazardous waste, and was sentenced in a federal court Monday.
United States Attorney Tom Beall said Smith admitted to purchasing a truck loaded with urethane flooring materials, paints and other chemicals, and unlawfully disposing of those chemicals.
According to the plea agreement, Smith purchased a box truck loaded with metal containers holding expired urethane flooring materials, paints and other chemicals. The chemicals were clearly as hazardous and flammable, and Smith was told the landfill would not accept the containers by the previous owner of the truck.
Smith transported the truck to his residence, then to a rural area of Crawford County, where he began unloading containers for disposal. Before all the containers were unloaded, both the truck and containers caught fire.
The contents of many of the containers were destroyed. The contents of remaining containers were analyzed by the Environmental Protection Agency and found to contain hazardous material.
Clean up costs for the site were calculated at more than $19,000. Following his year and one-half prison stay, Smith will have three years of post-release supervision.