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Long Beach Fireman charged with Illegally Dumping Sewage from Recreational Vehicles

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

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melanie K. Pierson (619) 546-7976


SAN DIEGO – A Long Beach fireman and his firm were charged today in an eight count indictment with the illegal disposal of sewage underground, in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. 

Kyle Vestermark and his firm, Dunes Edge Storage, allegedly discharged sewage illegally from recreational vehicles (RVs) stored at Dunes Edge Storage location in Brawley, California, as well as another location known as Dunes Toy Storage in Holtville, California, without a permit during the period from October of 2011 through April of 2015.

According to the indictment, Vestermark obtained a permit in 2004 for a 10,000 gallon holding tank for the RV sewage at the Dunes Edge location from the Imperial County Public Health Department which specifically prohibited the installation of underground leach lines (an issue which Vestermark had raised during the permitting process). The indictment further alleges that Vestermark also obtained a Conditional Use Permit from the Imperial County Planning Department in 2005 from the Imperial County Planning Board for the Dunes Toy Storage location in Holtville, which also specifically prohibited the installation of underground leach lines for the disposal of the RV sewage.

The permits required Vestermark to hire a septage firm to pump out the RV sewage from the holding tanks and dispose of it at a wastewater treatment plant.  In spite of the specific prohibitions, it is alleged that Vestermark used heavy equipment in 2005 and 2006 to install underground leach lines at both locations which would permit the RV sewage to leach out underground for disposal.  According to the indictment, the leach lines were removed in 2015 after Vestermark’s actions were discovered by Imperial County authorities. The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of approximately $380,000, alleged to be the proceeds of the offenses.

*The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Dune Edge Storage, LLC                   Incorporated: 2006                 Brawley, California                            

Kyle Vestermark                                 Age: 46                                   Long Beach, California


Count 1

Conspiracy to Illegally Discharge Sewage – Title 18, U.S.C., Section 371

Maximum penalty: Five years in prison and $250,000 fine ($500,000 for a corporation)

Counts 2-8

Unlawful Injection of Sewage – Title 42, U.S.C., Section 300h-2(b)(2)

Maximum Penalty – 3 years in prison and a $250,000 fine


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division; Bureau of Land Management, Office of Law Enforcement

Updated June 21, 2016

Press Release Number: CAS16-0621-Vestermark