DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers today announced an arrest warrant has been issued for Thomas Alex Rivera, DOB 8/26/47, for allegedly dumping raw sewage onto his property within close proximity to the Purgatoire River. Rivera is charged with class 4 felony theft, class 5 felony forgery and associated environmental crimes including criminal pollution and violation of the Solid Waste Act.
“One of Colorado’s greatest assets is its natural resources,” said Suthers. “Today’s arrest sends a message to would be polluters that damaging our water supply and compromising the well-being of our citizens will not be tolerated. This office will continue to aggressively enforce the Colorado’s environmental protection laws.”
The investigation, conducted by the Office of the Attorney General, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Water Quality Control Division, the Trinidad Police Department and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division, alleges that Rivera illegally dumped sewage, septage waste and other debris from septic tanks, sand traps and portable toilets onto his property.
Rivera operates Rivera’s Vacuum Service and Portable Units and serviced facilities in Las Animas and Huerfano counties. According to the investigation, Rivera illegally dumped waste onto his property for at least ten years.
As with all persons charged with a criminal offense, Rivera is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Rivera’s bond has been set at $10,000