A Southeast Kansas company is charged with illegal dumping in Oklahoma.
A release from the Wagoner County, Oklahoma Sheriff’s Office says “Crossland Construction, Incorporated has been charged with four counts of discharging pollutants into state water without a permit.”
The charges stem from an investigation that began in February of this year, where deputies discovered a large pile of debris dumped on wetlands near the Verdigris River. According to the release, deputies observed a Crossland heavy construction truck in the process of dumping debris near a body of water adjacent to the river.
That land was confirmed to be federally protected wetlands.
Investigators say officials with Crossland have acknowledged the materials should not have been dumped on the property, and that four loads of debris were dumped on the property in January and February of this year. If convicted, Crossland Construction could face up to fifty thousand dollars in fines for each of the four violations. Representatives for the company have been ordered to appear in court next week.
A statement released by Crossland Construction company this afternoon calls the charges “inaccurate.” It says “with the permission of the private landowner, Crossland placed non-hazardous materials on his property. Crossland and its representatives have previously reached out to the Wagoner County Assistant District Attorney to address this situation and we stand ready to cooperate with the officials to fully resolve this matter as quickly as possible.”