Third charged in Hardrock dumping case

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Thursday, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Mark Goff, the third person charged in connection with an ongoing case against Hardrock Excavating LLC for polluting the Mahoning River, will appear in federal court in Cleveland Monday April 14 at 10 a.m.

Donald Nugent, the same judge that handled proceedings for the other two charged in the case, Ben Lupo and Michael Guesman, will hear Goff’s case.

On Thursday, March 27, law enforcement officials charged Goff, of Newton Falls, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Goff was charged with one count of making an unpermitted discharge in violation of the Clean Water Act between Oct. 1 and Nov. 12 of 2012. Hardrock owner Lupo and employee Guesman already have pleaded guilty in the case.

According to the release, Lupo, who changed his plea in the case to guilty Monday, ordered Goff to dump some of the waste liquid his company stores into a nearby drain after dark and after everyone had left the facility on approximately nine separate occasions.

The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brad Beeson after an investigation by the Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, U.S. EPA, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Youngstown Department of Public Works and Youngstown Fire Department.

Lupo owns D & L Energy, which is also being charged in the case.

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