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April 5, 2013

Man sentenced for toxic-landfill protest

ALBANY — A Mohawk who dug up part of a toxic landfill near his reservation home to protest federal plans to leave the landfill there permanently has been sentenced to a conditional discharge.

Larry Thompson pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor criminal mischief in December.

He had been arrested after driving a backhoe from adjacent family property through a fence onto the former General Motors Co. Massena plant along the St. Lawrence River in 2011.

He said afterward that he was frustrated by the decision to cap the landfill instead of removing the chemicals, blaming the toxins for Mohawks’ cancers and other illnesses.

The sentence bars him for five years from the defunct factory, now a federal Superfund site owned by a separate trust following GM’s bankruptcy reorganization.

 

 

 

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