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Feds: Business dumped liquid landfill waste in Flint system

Federal prosecutors say the waste included a chemical known to be hazardous to human health.
Credit: AP
FILE - This Jan. 26, 2016 file photo shows a sign over the Flint River noting Flint, Mich., as Vehicle City. After months of national attention on lead-tainted drinking water in Flint, many are starting to ask questions about a 74-mile pipeline being built from Lake Huron to the struggling former auto manufacturing powerhouse. The $285 million project is rooted in political ambitions and long-simmering resentment toward Detroit, which for decades had near-total control of the city’s water rates. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

FLINT, Mich. — A Flint business is accused of illegally discharging nearly 48 million gallons of waste from landfills into the city’s wastewater system. 

Federal prosecutors say the waste included a chemical known to be hazardous to human health. Robert Massey, owner of Oil Chem, is charged with violating the Clean Water Act. 

Oil Chem processes oily industrial waste. The government says it didn't have permission to discharge landfill leachate. The discharges occurred from 2007 to 2015. 

Prosecutors say Oil Chem employees routinely performed the activity around the close of business. 

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