- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A federal judge is ordering a North Carolina man to pay $21.3 million in restitution for illegally dumping waste oil laced with PCBs near the Cape Fear River.

Benjamin Franklin Pass was also sentenced to three years in federal prison Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Raleigh. Pass pleaded guilty last year to violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act, making false statements and tax evasion.

The 61-year-old Pass owns P&W; Waste Oil Services of Leland, which federal environmental regulators have declared as a Superfund site due to extensive contamination. The property is about 500 feet from the river and federally recognized wetlands.

The restitution is to help cover cleanup costs. PCB production was banned in 1978 after research showed exposure to even tiny amounts can cause cancer in humans.

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