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Biodiesel maker sentenced for second pollution violation

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Tommy Francise (Source: Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office) Tommy Francise (Source: Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office)
PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) -

An Iberville biodiesel maker was sentenced Wednesday for dumping pollutants into a drainage canal behind his house.

Tommy Francise, 58, was already on probation when he was arrested in September 2012 after investigators found places behind his home on Talbot Dr. where used cooking oil was discharged into the canal.  The drainage canal was contaminated with grease and plants around the area were destroyed.

Francise pled guilty to similar charges in March 2012, stemming from a 2010 incident.  He was given three years of probation, $5,200 in fines, and ordered to clean up the property in that case.

In the most recent case, Francise was sentenced to two additional years of probation, ordered to reimburse the Department of Environmental Quality $570, ordered to clean up the property and must cease storage and production of biodiesel at his home while on probation.

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