Landfill, employees plead guilty to charges from 2011 spill

HONOLULU (AP) - Waste Management Hawaii and two of its top employees have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a 2011 landfill spill as part of a settlement agreement with U.S. attorneys.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the company pleaded guilty Friday to two charges of violating the clean water act in the January 2011 incident. Millions of gallons of contaminated storm water had spilled from the municipal landfill into the ocean.

Waste management Hawaii will pay a $400,000 criminal fine and $200,000 in restitution. The restitution will go to the Ko Olina Coast Community Association and the Malama Learning Center.

Vice President Joseph Whelan and Environmental Protection Manager Justin Lottig each pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of negligence and will pay $25,000.

The formal sentencing hearing will be October 26.

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