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A Cuba man convicted of transporting hazardous wastes from Pennsylvania and dumping them in Hinsdale was sentenced Thursday to jail on
seven charges.

John Visser, 55, of West Cuba Road was sentenced to five concurrent one-year jail terms for his conviction of five felony charges: one count of first-degree and two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of hazardous wastes, first-degree unlawful dealing in hazardous wastes and third-degree endangering public health, safety and the environment.

Officials called it the stiffest sentence in Cattaraugus County Court in a dumping case.

Visser also was sentenced to serve two concurrent 60-day jail terms for misdemeanor convictions of transporting a hazardous waste without a permit and unauthorized possession, disposal and dealing in hazardous wastes.

Visser was convicted in August of dumping 23 55-gallon drums in Hinsdale on
April 17 and 18, 1989.

District Attorney Larry M. Himelein said Visser formerly operated an acid-plating business in Pennsylvania. The acids and other chemicals left over from the operations were dumped in Hinsdale.

County Judge Paul B. Kelly also sentenced Visser to pay $12,062 in restitution, the state's costs of cleaning up the sites. Visser was also fined $15,000.

Visser is free on $5,000 bail pending appeal.

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