News Briefs: New Charges Filed Against Diamond Environmental Services

News Briefs: New Charges Filed Against Diamond Environmental Services

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A federal indictment was handed down early last month against Diamond Environmental Services of San Marcos, California, as well as Arie Eric De Jong III, company owner; Warren Van Dam, chief operating officer; and Jorge Leyva-Rodriguez, technician. The indictment carries several felony charges alleging that the three men circumvented clean-air rules for company diesel trucks.

According to The San Diego Union-Tribunethe charging documents allege that the defendants disabled electronic control modules on the company’s fleet of trucks. The modules monitor emissions filters and warn operators if filters become too dirty; they are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for all heavy-duty diesel trucks model year 2008 or newer.

Allegedly the executives and technician removed ECMs from the trucks and had them reprogrammed to avoid the cost of removing soot and other particulates from the filters. The company is also accused of ordering employees to punch holes in emissions filters and to falsify smog test results.

The charges stem from the May 2018 FBI raid of Diamond Environmental Services offices and also contends that De Jong and Leyva-Rodriguez tampered with evidence after being tipped off in advance of the raid.

Attorneys for the three men have declined to comment.

Prior to the May 2018 raid, De Jong and Van Dam had pleaded guilty to charges of illegally dumping waste into the San Marcos sewer system. Another executive, Ronald Fabor, also was convicted of perjury in connection to the illegal dumping case. Diamond Environmental Services’ legal woes were previously covered by here and here. 

Alcohol Use Suspected in One-Vehicle Pump Truck Crash

A portable restroom pump truck driver was arrested last month on suspicion of driving under the influence. The California Highway Patrol responded to a midafternoon, one-vehicle crash near Linden, California, and found the truck overturned and waste spilling out of the tank.

The Sacramento Bee reports that officers believe the driver drifted off the road and then overcorrected, crashing the truck. The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken into custody after officers determined the driver had been drinking alcohol. The California Highway Patrol is not naming the driving or the portable restroom company.


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