- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced the owner of an industrial recycling business along New York’s Southern Tier to 366 days in federal prison for improperly storing and disposing of hazardous waste.

Forty-six-year-old Brian Davis of Owego pleaded guilty in May to one felony count of violating the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. He also will serve three years of supervised release and pay a $5,000 fine.

Davis admitted in a plea agreement that between July 2013 and May 2014 he stored hazardous materials, including toxic heavy metals, without properly isolating them, protecting them from the elements, fencing their storage area, or labeling them as hazardous.

Davis, who owns Large Car LLC, also admitted he contaminated the environment by repeatedly setting hazardous materials on fire and evaporating them.

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