A Dalton business owner pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Rome to dumping over 100 drums of chemicals, including hazardous waste, on property in Walker County.

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Georgia stated, 56-year-old Amin Ali pleaded guilty to disposal of hazardous waste without a permit.

“Ali disregarded the health and safety of citizens by trying to conceal his illegal dumping,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. “He also broke the law regarding the proper handling of hazardous materials. Our office takes protection of the environment very seriously and will continue to prosecute those who seek to destroy our precious natural resources.”

Ali owned a warehouse in Dalton, as well as a farming property containing several old chicken houses in Rock Spring. Prosecutors say in August 2021, Ali moved the drums and containers of hazardous waste to property in Rock Spring.

The drums, located in an old chicken house or on other parts of the property, leaked hazardous waste onto the surrounding soil.

The contents — including benzene, lead and chromium — were described as “reactive and ignitable,” the release stated. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 20 at 1:30 p.m.

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