- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Biggs man and former mill manager has pleaded guilty to charges related to polluting federal property in Shasta County.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Sacramento says Kiedock Kim admitted to depredation of U.S. property and negligent discharge of a pollutant into U.S. water between 2006 and 2007.

It says the French Gulch Mine in Shasta County that the 60-year-old managed was generating more liquid wastes than its treatment system could handle.

The office says many times mine operators dumped the waste into abandoned mines, an improvised leach field, a waste rock area, or on the county road surrounding the mine. Several of those spots are on Bureau of Land Management property.

Kim is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 15. He faces up to 10 years in prison and $375,000 in fines.

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