Zuspan pleads guilty to federal charge


September 26, 2012

CHARLESTON — A Mason County man has pleaded guilty to dumping a pollutant into waters of the United States without a permit.

On Monday, Francis Zuspan, also known as “Frank Zuspan,” 61, of Mason County, admitted that in or about December 2010, he took a 2400-gallon sewage hauling truck to property in Mason County and illegally dumped sewage onto the property, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

The release goes on to say Zuspan further admitted that the sewage was dumped into a lake and stream watershed in Mason County that connected to the Ohio River. Goodwin’s office also states Zuspan admitted that he discharged untreated sewage onto the Mason County property on multiple occasions between November 2010 and February 2011.

“The proper collection and treatment of sewage plays a vital role in protecting the public health and our environment,” said David G. McLeod, Jr., special agent in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Enforcement program in West Virginia. “Today’s guilty plea should serve notice that EPA will vigorously prosecute those who put the public at potential risk and despoil our environment through illegal discharges into our waterways.”

Zuspan faces up to six years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on Jan. 14, 2013, by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

The EPA conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is in charge of the prosecution.