A former Sac City businessman has pled guilty to charges of mishandling hazardous waste.
Ken Pap, 71, now of Ames, allegedly stored waste with high concentrations of chromium and cadmium that he knew could potentially harm people and the environment. He was charged in federal court for storing hazardous waste without a permit, and is also accused of failing to properly mark the containers of hazardous waste, which Pap admitted he had kept at his Sac City zink plating facility until late 2004. The crime was discovered in September of that year, when the Environmental Protection Agency conducted an inspection of the site.
"Inspectors saw a 2,000-gallon tank overflowing in the basement, wastewater accumulating on the basement floor.
"(There were also) over 70 55-gallon drums throughout the facility," according to court officials. "Many of the drums were rusting and in danger of falling apart. The drums had been stacked two or three high and four to five deep in some areas."
The EPA said some of the areas were not even safe for its inspectors to investigate.
Pap remains free on bond, facing a maximum possible sentence of 15 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release following any imprisonment.