Charges: Ogden salvage yard manager dumped pollutants into river

Charges: Ogden salvage yard manager dumped pollutants into river

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SALT LAKE CITY — An auto salvage operator faces criminal charges for allegedly dumping stormwater containing oil, gas and antifreeze into the Ogden River.

A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against David J. Christensen and A-One Salvage last week, charging him with discharge of a pollutant without a permit and making false documents.

Christensen periodically ordered employees to pump runoff into the river that contained oil, gasoline, antifreeze and other substances that had spilled or leaked onto the salvage yard grounds from March to June 2011, according to the indictment in U.S. District Court.

In October 2011, Utah Department of Environmental Quality inspectors asked Christensen for the monitoring forms and stormwater discharge sampling data his state permit required him to keep. Christensen told them there were no reports because A-One Salvage had not discharged anything into the Ogden River, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors allege Christensen later filed a report for 2011 saying there were no stormwater discharges from the yard.

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