SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - A Salt Lake City sewage company, A & B Sewer & Drain Cleaning, is being charged with dumping sewage slug in an open field. Tuesday, ABC 4 Utah Reporter Brian Carlson spoke to the owner of the company who defended his actions.
Tuesday Carlson walked up to what appeared to be the business office for A & B Sewer & Drain Cleaning near State Street and 10th South in Salt Lake City. But at first no one answered the door. The company is accused of cleaning out a septic tank for someone in Herriman back in October, then dumping the raw sewage in a nearby field. Neighbors saw it and reported it to the health department. Tuesday while Carlson was still outside the business, the owner of A & B Sewage came home. So Carlson asked him -- why would he dump toxic waste in open area?
"Did you know that pouring sewage out in an open field can be harmful to people's health?" asked Reporter Brian Carlson.
"No, it's not," said Tom Vasiliou, A & B Sewer & Drain, Owner
"How is it not?" Carlson asked.
"It's uh, from experience. I've lived here 35 years. I see kids go poo in the grass and animals come up and eat it," said Vasiliou.
Whether you like his answer or not, that's his explanation. He may have some more explaining to do with attorneys in the next coming days. He's charged with two felonies counts of violating the Water Quality Act, each punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
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