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Cabool Business Owner Indicted for Dumping Grease into Big Piney River

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

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Cabool, Mo., man and his grease recycling company were indicted by a federal grand jury today for violating the Clean Water Act by dumping grease into the Big Piney River.

Brian Dale Fleming, 50, of Cabool, and BF Byproducts, LLC, were charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo.

BF Byproducts (formerly Fleming Recycling) is a grease-recycling business owned by Fleming. BF Byproducts uses trucks to collect used grease from hundreds of restaurants in Missouri, Arkansas and elsewhere. The grease is transported to the Cabool facility, where it is recycled for resale and a profit.

BF Products and Fleming allegedly discharged spent cooking oil, a pollutant, into the Big Piney River in March and April 2015.

Larson cautioned that the charge contained in this indictment is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Abram McGull II. It was investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency – Criminal Investigation Division, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Texas County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Cabool, Mo., Police Department.

Updated May 11, 2017