Atlanta man sentenced for storing hazardous waste

An Atlanta man who admitted storing dozens of barrels of hazardous waste in self-storage units in Macon was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison.

Robert Lewis, age 42, was sentenced Thursday by Judge Ashley Royal in the U.S. District Court in Macon, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.

In a hearing on Sept. 26, 2013, Lewis pleaded guilty to unlawful storage of hazardous waste, according to the release. He admitted he owned and operated a business that transported waste from a factory to a licensed disposal facility, according to the U.S. Attorney.

His business, Simple Solutions Inc., operated from May 2007 until April 2008.

In February 2009, authorities found forty 55-gallon drums and sixteen 275-gallon containers of hazardous waste material improperly stored in several Macon self-storage units rented by Lewis.

Investigators say Lewis had also improperly stored flammable solvents and highly toxic cyanide wastes in Rex, Georgia, and at his home in Albany, Georgia.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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