Ammunition company operators plead guilty in water contamination case

Ammunition company operators plead guilty in water contamination case

News Type: State, Federal Source: Billings Gazette
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BOZEMAN — Two Montana men who ran a now-defunct ammunition company have pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges over the dumping of lead-contaminated wastewater into the Bozeman sewer system.

Zachary Daniel Flanagan, 26, former chief executive of USA Brass Company in Bozeman, pleaded guilty Aug. 2 to making false statements in a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch. Flanagan admitted to deceiving sewer system operators in 2013 about the dangers posed by the contaminated water.

A second company official, 26-year-old Nolan Michael Schimpf, pleaded guilty Friday to negligent discharge of pollutants in violation of the Clean Water Act. Schimpf, the company’s chief production officer, knew about the lead-contaminated wastewater dumping but did not stop it, prosecutors said.