Indictments have been returned against United Oil Recovery Services and three of its managers in connection with a worker’s death in 2008.
The company and David Weber, its EHS Manager, are charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, and environmental violations.
Company President David Brown and plant manager Jay Black are charged with criminal endangering.
On June 21, 2008, wastewater was being improperly treated using sodium hydrosulfide at United Oil’s Middletown plant, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s office.
Employee Thomas Rogers was killed. The coroner’s report said he died from hydrogen sulfide poisoning.
Involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide carry penalties of up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Criminal endangering carried a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
An attorney for the company says it and its employees won’t plead guilty to the charges.