Man Charged with Illegally Disposing Hazardous Waste into San Francisco Sewers

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May 26, 2017

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MAN CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY DISPOSING HAZARDOUS WASTE INTO SAN FRANCISCO SEWERS

SAN FRANCISCO - Today, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced that John Mingjia Chang, of Daly City, was charged with five felony counts of disposing of hazardous waste and six felony counts of illegally treating hazardous waste.  

“Keeping our environment free of pollutants is not just a priority for me, it’s a priority for San Francisco,” said District Attorney George Gascon.  “Those who take shortcuts that threaten our community’s environment, and the bay, will be held accountable.  We owe as much to future generations.” 

According to court records, Chang, who is the owner of Brighten Restaurants, trained employees on mixing and handling hazardous waste, a mixture of sodium hydroxide and hot water.  However, Chang was not permitted to treat or dispose that hazardous waste.  Court records further allege that a manager illegally poured the mixture down the drain into the sewer.  Court records also allege that Chang knew the semi-solid residue was “hot” and hazardous when the grease-hauler pumped it out and hauled it away.

John Mingjia Chang surrendered on May 22nd, 2017 to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and is scheduled to appear in Department 9 today for arraignment at 1:30 PM.  The investigation was a result of excellent work by DA Inspector Brian Arnold. Assistant District Attorney Gregory Alker is prosecuting the case.

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