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Biodiesel Companies and Managers Indicted for Illegal Transportation and Disposal of Hazardous Waste

On April 29, 2014, New Energy Fuels and NEF Partners, along with their Manager Dean Daniels and Assistant Manager Richard "Ricky" Smith, were indicted in Harris County District Court, Houston, Texas, for the illegal transportation of a hazardous waste, illegal disposal of a hazardous waste, and discharging a hazardous waste into state water.

New Energy Fuels and NEF Partners are companies involved in the production of biodiesel from used grease and oil. On May 1, 2011, at the direction of Daniels and Smith, a driver transported a tanker truck containing a corrosive waste from New Energy Fuels and disposed of the waste by discharging it into the Vogel Creek. 

We are investigating this case with the Environmental Protection Agency – Criminal Investigation Division, the Houston Police Department and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

Note:  Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government.  All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.