Pavement Painter Sentenced For Illegal Dumping

The former owner of an Anchorage road and parking lot painting and striping business has been sentenced for illegally disposing of hazardous waste.

Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old William Duran Vizzerra Jr. illegally disposed of more than 200,000 pounds of highly-flammable hazardous waste in Anchorage. Prosecutors say he did it after being told it would cost him tens of thousands of dollars to properly dispose of the materials.

Vizzerra, president of Precision Pavement Markings, abandoned more than 320, 55-gallon drums and dozens of 5-gallon paint pails and 2-gallon totes. He pleaded guilty in August.

U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline sentenced Vizzerra on Wednesday to 15 months in prison. He also was ordered to pay more than $395,000 in restitution to two victims for cleanup costs.

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