Texan to Serve Probation for Dumping Toxins in Region 8

NOVEMBER 1, 2004 - Posted at 7:17 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A Texas man will serve three year's probation for illegally dumping lead-based paint debris in northeast Arkansas.  Cecil Zimmerman of Harper, Texas, suffers from lead poisioning as a result of illegal dumping.  The 47-year-old Zimmerman was a supervisor at Kerrville Painting Company of Kerrville, Texas.  The company contracted with the state of Arkansas to sandblast and paint six steel bridges in Lawrence and Randolph counties.

Zimmerman pleaded guilty this summer to disposing of hazardous waste without a permit.  Company owner Nick Muskie and the company pleaded guilty to illegally dumping about 650 tons of lead-based paint debris in Randolph County and to bribing a state employee to keep quiet about it.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)