Trucking Co. Owner Gets Probation for Dumping Into River

By City News Service

The owner of a waste-hauling company was sentenced Monday to five years probation for dumping 11,000 gallons of waste water and soap into a tributary of the San Gabriel River in Santa Fe Springs.

David Lee Flury, the 62-year-old owner and operator of Santa Fe Springs-based Flury Industries Inc., pleaded guilty a year ago to a felony charge of water pollution.

Prosecutors asked for him to serve 18 months in prison, but U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson opted for the probationary term.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Johns told the court that although the soapy discharge was non-hazardous to humans, it was harmful to fish and wildlife.

The San Gabriel River, one of the three most important waterways in Southern California, flows into the Pacific Ocean at Alamitos Bay between the cities of Long Beach and Seal Beach. The city of Santa Fe Springs spent nearly $750,000 cleaning up the shampoo-like waste Flury illegally dumped into Los Coyotes Creek, in an attempt to “cut corners” when disposing tens of thousands of gallons of waste products from his customers.

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