Old dredge at Platinum in 2002. (Photo by Dean Swope, KYUK – Bethel)A jury has convicted 57-year-old James Slade of violating the Federal Clean Water Act.U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler made the announcement after a two-week trial.Slade was Chief Operating Officer for XS Platinum during the events.He’s charged with two counts of violating clean-water regulations by polluting the Salmon River, according to a press release from the U.S. district attorney’s office.Federal prosecutors accused XS Platinum Inc., its executives and on-site managers of violating the Clean Water Act when they increased efforts to recover platinum from an old mine on the edge of Kuskokwim Bay, from 2010-2011.The operation allowed dirty water in a pond to enter the Salmon River, according to prosecutors. The ponds were not lined to prevent waste from leaking into the ground and nearby streams.The wastewater turned the river, “from crystal clear to dirty brown.”This caused the water turbidity, or its cloudiness, to be 200 times the amount permitted under federal law.XS Platinum, Inc., is no longer operating. It’s owned by an offshore company and only registered in name in Delaware.Slade is the third XS Platinum mine manager to be convicted in this case. The other twomanagers are Australian citizens and refuse to return to the U.S. to stand trial.Slade is Canadian and has had his passport revoked and must stay in the U.S. for sentencing.His sentencing hearing is scheduled for next month, on Nov. 12.
Related posts:Victims speak on allegations of abuse within Catholic Church in Costa Rica Pope Francis invited to address US Congress El Salvador’s beatified Romero symbol of new Catholic Church Pope and Russian Orthodox leader to hold historic encounter in Cuba At least seven nations’ leaders are scheduled to attend the last mass that Pope Francis will give at the World Youth Day, to be held this month in Panama, said Panamanian deputy foreign minister, Luis Miguel Hincapié.He indicated that Presidents Jimmy Morales (Guatemala), Juan Orlando Hernandez (Honduras), Salvador Sanchez Ceren (El Salvador), Carlos Alvarado (Costa Rica), Iván Duque (Colombia) and Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (Portugal), as well as the host, Juan Carlos Varela, will attend the final mass on Jan. 27.“We wanted to invite the presidents of Central America because the World Youth Day (WYD) is a day for all Central America that is taking place in Panama,” Hincapié told reporters.Pope Francis will visit Panama from Jan. 23-27 to participate in WYD, a massive Catholic event that gathers tens of thousands of pilgrims from around the world.The final mass will be held outside the Panamanian capital, where a gigantic platform is erected so that, along almost three kilometers, attendees can follow the Pope’s procession.“We do not see that there will be bilateral meetings because the presidents are invited to the final mass,” said Hincapié.“We think that they will arrive on Saturday night or Sunday and leave on Sunday,” he added.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments