Arizona Truck Driver Pleads Guilty To Dumping Sewage At School

Michael Wayne Higgins

A former truck driver, Michael Wayne Higgins, has pleaded guilty to dumping thousands of gallons of untreated sewage into a storm drainage system at the Austin School for Exceptional Children Phoenix West Campus.

Higgins pleaded guilty to 1 count of Unlawful Discharge, a Water Quality Violation, a class 5 felony.

In August 2016, Higgins was working as a tanker truck driver for Emergency Pumping & Plumbing when he The storm drainage system flowed from the school’s parking lot into a grassy area that was used as a playground.

ADEQ followed normal enforcement procedures to remedy the situation. When Emergency Pumping & Plumbing and Michael Wayne Higgins failed to cooperate or address the violation, ADEQ referred the case to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. ADEQ’s Emergency Response Unit contracted out the cleanup of the drywell and subsequent sampling to ensure no public health or environmental risks remained.

Under the plea, Higgins will pay cleanup costs of $3,993.34. He is facing 6 months to 2.5 years in prison.

His sentencing is set for December 4, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

7 Comments on "Arizona Truck Driver Pleads Guilty To Dumping Sewage At School"

  1. Oh, wait! Higgins dumped REAL sewage at a school! Reading the title of the article, I thought it was about the ADE dumping the AZ Merits Tests and more Common Core rubbish, as well as Danielson Bravo Sierra at TUSD! What Higgins did was a health hazard, for sure!

  2. The Oracle of Tucson | November 13, 2017 at 7:23 pm | Reply

    As Mrs. Gump often said “Stupid is as stupid does”, and Michael Wayne Higgins is either very unlucky or extremely stupid.

    The Oracle

  3. What about the Banner construction porta potties contents being dumped into the storm drain that runs north from the site?

  4. To morons a storm drain manhole cover looks like a sewer manhole cover. I was once legal for septic companies to dump at any sewer man hole available that changed 15 yeas ago. The pumping companies now have to pay the same sewer rate as anyone else and it is metered.

    • But some storm drains don’t have manhole covers, they have grating. Like the one just north of Banner, so the storm water can run into it and exit farther north with the sewage that was illegally dumped into it!

  5. Make him clean out the lines he dumped into.

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