Lupo sentencing delayed

Ben Lupo
Ben Lupo

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Sentencing has been delayed for the former owner of a Youngstown-based wastewater company who’s pleaded guilty to federal Clean Water Act violations.

Ben Lupo, 63, of Poland, Ohio, is now scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 5.

Lupo is charged in the dumping of thousands of gallons of fracking wastewater into a northeast Ohio storm sewer. He faces up to three years in prison, a year of supervised release and fines of as much as $250,000.

Prosecutors say Lupo ordered an employee at Hardrock Excavating LLC to repeatedly dump drilling mud and brine intended for deep injection into a sewer emptying into the Mahoning River watershed, or dumped the material himself, between November 2012 and January 2013.

The employee, 34-year-old Michael Guesman of Cortland, was sentenced to community service and probation.

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