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Painting Company Executive Sentenced to Two Years in Prison, Ordered to Pay $100,000 For Illegal HazMat Disposal

Nick Muskie (a/k/a Nickolas Mouzakis), president of Kerrville Painting Company KPC) of Kerrville, TX pled guilty and was sentenced in Okmulgee County District Court (Oklahoma) to two years in prison and ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution under state charges of unlawfully disposing of hazardous waste. During 1999 and 2000, hazardous lead-based waste associated with KPC work on a federally-funded bridge contract in Oklahoma was dumped into an area that drained into Coal Creek, OK. KPC, Muskie, a KPC supervisor, and an Arkansas state inspector all pled guilty to federal charges and were sentenced in November 2004 for similar illegal activity on federally-funded bridge contracts in Arkansas. The investigation was conducted jointly with EPA-CID, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office of Environmental Protection Unit, and both the Arkansas and Oklahoma Departments of Environmental Quality.