Biodiesel maker arrested for pollution again

Tommy Francise (Source: Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office)
Tommy Francise (Source: Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office)

PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) - A man already on probation for dumping materials used in the production of biodiesel has been arrested again on the same charges.

Tommy M. Francise, 56, was arrested Thursday after inspectors with DEQ say they found a large grease-contaminated area at Francise's Plaquemine home. In addition, they say he dumped grease and cooking oil into a canal behind his house.  Plants in the contaminated areas were destroyed.

Francise has been charged with illegal dumping of pollutants into state waterways and illegal disposal of solid waste.

He pled guilty in March 2012 to dumping biodiesel byproducts at his home.  The plea stems from an April 2010 arrest on the same charges.  He was ordered to follow state environmental laws and regulations as a condition of his probation.

If convicted of the latest charges, Francise faces three years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

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