St. James Parish plant manager sentenced for environmental crimes

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE – A former St. James Parish plant manager was recently sentenced for illegally discharging wastes from the Armant Environmental Services (AES) plant, a now-closed wastewater treatment facility in Vacherie.

Jeffrey Dabadie, 44, formerly of Bay St. Louis, Miss. pled guilty to three felony counts of knowingly violating the facility's Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.

Dabadie was arrested by DEQ's Criminal Investigation Division in June 2009. After a lengthy investigation by DEQ's Criminal Investigation Division, the Louisiana Environmental Crimes Task Force and DEQ inspectors found that he was routinely dumping loads of untreated wastewater on the ground, thereby bypassing the treatment facility at AES.

Environmental scientists from DEQ took soil samples on the property and determined there were chemicals related to oil and petroleum products around broken pipes on the ground.

Judge Alvin Turner, Jr. of the 23rd Judicial District Court sentenced Dabadie to one year of home incarceration, which will be electronically monitored.