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Truck driver charged for dumping thousands of gallons of waste into storm drain

Posted July 3

— A truck driver has been indicted with one count of unlawful discharge and one count of criminal damage by a state grand jury.

In August 2016, Michael Wayne Higgins worked as a tanker truck driver for Emergency Pumping & Plumbing.

Higgins allegedly dumped thousands of gallons of sewage into a storm drainage system at the Austin School for Exceptional Children Phoenix West Campus.

The storm drainage system flowed from the parking lot to a grassy area that was used as a playground.

The cleanup allegedly cost nearly $4,000.

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality assisted in the investigation.

Assistant Attorney General Adam J. Schwartz is prosecuting this case.

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