Thu, 11:54 am: Newton Falls man charged in brine dumping

A Newton Falls man has been criminally charged for dumping brine and other fracking wastewater into the Mahoning River at the direction of Benedict Lupo, law enforcement officials have announced.

Mark A. Goff, 46, is the third person charged with making an unpermitted discharge in violation of the Clean Water Act. He was an employee at Hardrock Excavating LLC, which is owned by Lupo and located in Youngstown.

Goff was instructed by Lupo to empty some of the liquid waste stored at the company into nearby wastewater drains after dark, when no one was at the facility. He emptied tanks on approximately nine different nights between Oct. 1 and Nov. 12, 2012, according to authorities.

The filing of the criminal information was announced by Steven M. Dettelbach, United States attorney for the Northern District of Ohio; Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine; James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; Craig W. Butler, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Randall K. Ashe, special agent in charge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.