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Cherokee County Man Sentenced For Unlawful Hazardous Waste Disposal

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

WICHITA, KAN. - A Cherokee County man was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for unlawful disposal of hazardous waste, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.


Jack E. Smith, 37, Scammon, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful disposal of hazardous waste. In his plea, he admitted he bought a truck that was loaded with urethane flooring materials, paints and other chemicals. He knew the materials were hazardous and flammable when he bought the truck.


Smith transported the truck to his residence and then to a rural location in Crawford County. Before he had unloaded all the containers, they caught fire. The United States calculated the cost of cleaning up the site at more than $19,000.


Beall commended Environmental Protection Agency and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger for their work on the case.

Updated January 23, 2018