The manager of a company hired to clean the National Mall storm water sewer system pleaded guilty today to dumping debris and wastewater into the Potomac River.
Patrick Brightwell of Bogart, Georgia, admitted that rather than taking waste to a disposal facility, he directed workers to dump it into the Potomac River.
Brightwell pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act by knowingly discharging a pollutant without a permit and presenting false claims to the United States.
Under federal guidelines Brightwell faces about four to five years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 3. He has also agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution as part of a plea deal. His lawyer did not immediately return a telephone call requesting comment.