It’s been close to two years since the EPA first expressed concerns about a now-closed Sioux City Company.
On Tuesday the owner, Aaron Rochester, who’s also a former city council member was in court facing two federal charges.
Rochester was indicted on one count of unlawful storage of hazardous waste and one count of transportation of hazardous waste. He was in federal court Tuesday in Sioux City.
Authorities say that as far back as 2015, Rochester’s former business, Recycletronics, stored hazardous waste at various facilities around the Sioux City area.
EPA representatives previously told KCAU9 that they believed debris piles connected to Recycletronics were contaminating the ground and groundwater with lead.
The charges Rochester faces carry sentences of up to five years in prison and fines up to $50,000 per day per violation.