Longview septic cleaner faces illegal dumping

Ray Caldwell, the owner of All Out Sewer and Drain in Longview, is accused of illegally dumping waste into city sewer lines, May 13, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)
Ray Caldwell, the owner of All Out Sewer and Drain in Longview, is accused of illegally dumping waste into city sewer lines, May 13, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

LONGVIEW, Wash. (KOIN) — The owner of a Longview sewer service faces 25 counts of violating the Clean Water Act for cutting a hole into a city sewer line and pumping septic waste into it.

Ray Caldwell, who owns All Out Sewer and Drain Service, is out on bond.

Agents with the Environmental Protection Agency said they caught Caldwell on camera pumping the waste from seven of his trucks into a city sewer line.

Caldwell declined to talk with KOIN 6 News, and referred all questions to his attorney. The attorney has not returned any calls.

Jeff Cameron, the director of Longview Public Works, said unlike Caldwell’s competitors who also clear out septic tanks, investigators found All Out Sewer and Drain was no longer hauling waste to the treatment plant.

When company records did not match up, they contacted the EPA.

“[There was] quite a bit and appears it was recurring and ongoing,” Cameron said. But they “don’t know specifically what was discharged.”

It’s hard to know what the environmental impact will be.

If convicted, Caldwell faces a prison sentence and fines up to $50,000 for each day caught in violation. His arraignment is set for May 20.

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