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An Ohio resident has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Elkins for improperly disposing of soil with a high concentration of lead.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Brian Lee Cobb, 49, was sentenced to 24 months in prison plus three years of supervised release for transporting hazardous waste without a manifest and concealment of a material fact.

Authorities say Cobb transported and disposed of the soil without the appropriate manifest identifying it as hazardous waste even though he knew it was contaminated with lead. He also lied to environmental officials investigating the case, they said.

"Cobb allowed the illegal transportation of hazardous waste with no regard for the dangers it posed," said David G. McLeod, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of EPA's criminal enforcement program for the Mid Atlantic. "False statements seriously weaken the integrity of the entire system. Today's sentencing demonstrates that those who refuse to comply with the law, putting the public and the environment at risk, will be vigorously prosecuted."

He was sentenced by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Perri and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Perry McDaniel and investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency.