August 31, 2022

Co-Owner of Brandon Business Pleads Guilty to Clean Water Act Violation

Morgan Howard

The co-owner of Gold Coast Commodities, Inc., who serves as vice president of the Brandon-based fat and oil recycling business, pled guilty Wednesday for his part in illegally discharging industrial waste into the Jackson Sewer System.

During court today, 60-year-old Robert David Douglas, of Flowood, admitted authorizing payments on behalf of Gold Coast for the transportation and disposal of its industrial waste at a commercial entity in Jackson, which as a result of his negligence, caused the waste to be trucked and discharged to a facility which was not a legal discharge point designated by the Jackson Wastewater Treatment System to receive the waste.

Douglas will be sentenced on November 9, at 2:30 p.m.  A federal judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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