Summary of Criminal Prosecutions
FISCAL YEAR: 2019
1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Andres Pichardo
In September 2015, rather than pay for proper disposal of his hazardous waste, Andres Pichardo and an employee who was following Pichardo’s instructions, illegally dumped more than 2,000 gallons of used automotive waste oil down the drain at his auto repair shop. The drain connected to the Lawrence sewer system, whose contents discharge to the Merrimack River after treatment at the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District or discharge untreated via combined sewer overflows during wet weather events.
October 18, 2018
Andres Pichardo pleaded guilty in Essex Superior Court to three felony counts of disposing of hazardous waste in a manner that could endanger human health or the environment, and without a license from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). Following the plea, Judge Salim Rodriguez Tabit sentenced Pichardo to five years of probation and 100 hours of community service and ordered him to pay $5,000 to the Massachusetts Natural Resource Damages Trust, which funds restoration projects, including those related to oil and chemical spills across the state.
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