Attorney General announces indictment of Aurora man suspected of illegally dumping gasoline

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that the Statewide Grand Jury has indicted Steven James Yedo (DOB: 11/3/1964) on suspicion of illegally dumping gasoline, a hazardous waste, on land owned by Union Pacific Railroad.

“Colorado’s environment is the state’s greatest resource, contributing not only to our quality of life, but also tourism and countless other industries,” Suthers said. “This indictment should underline how serious we and our partners in the state and federal government are about vigorously pursuing individuals or companies who threaten to damage the state’s environment.”

According to the indictment, Yedo was a driver for a petroleum company located in Greeley and routinely transported petroleum products from his employer’s refinery to consumers. Between Oct. 14, 2009 and Oct. 21, 2009, Yedo is suspected of dumping gasoline on land owned by Union Pacific Railroad in Commerce City without its permission.

Yedo faces the charges of committing criminal mischief of $20,000 or more, a class-three felony; causing or contributing to a hazardous incident, a class-four felony; and violating the Colorado Hazardous Waste Act, an unclassified felony. Yedo is suspected of causing more than $60,000 worth of environmental damages.

The Office of the Attorney General worked to obtain the indictment with the assistance of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Criminal Enforcement, The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Hazardous Waste Unit, the Colorado Environmental Crimes Task Force, the Commerce City Police Department and the Union Pacific Railroad Police.

Yedo will be prosecuted in Adams County District Court.

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