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Contact: Lori Sitler, Department of Justice Maria Taylor, DNREC
Phone: (302) 577-8314 (302) 739-4506
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Date: May 17, 2004
ENVIRONMENTAL OFFENDER PLEADS GUILTY
James E. Tennefoss and his businesses responsible for environmental
and building code violations
(Dover, DE): Attorney General M. Jane Brady and Secretary of the Department of Natural
Resources and Environmental Control, John A. Hughes, announce that James E. Tennefoss individually
and as President of Delaware Renting, Inc. and President of Jim Lee, Inc. pled guilty today to
misdemeanor charges stemming from environmental and building code violations at several locations in
the Frankford, Georgetown and Bridgeville areas of Sussex County.
The pleas, entered before Judge Richard F. Stokes in Georgetown, resolve three
misdemeanor charges filed by Information by the Attorney Generalís Office against Tennefoss and the
above named businesses. Tennefoss, personally and on behalf of his businesses, pled guilty to
discharging a pollutant into surface water without a permit and 2 counts of discharging of wastewater
onto the ground surface.
Tennefoss and his businesses were accused of discharging pipes without a permit into a
creek adjacent to the Honolulu Mobile Home Park in Frankford, and discharging untreated or partially
treated wastewater or septic tank effluent onto the ground surface without a permit at his properties
located on Deer Forest Road in Georgetown and on Route 18 in Bridgeville.
As part of the plea agreement, Tennefoss will remedy the outstanding environmental and
building code violations within 15 months of sentencing at 17 separate sites - properties named in
the Information and other properties around Sussex County Ė which he or his businesses own. Judge
Stokes sentenced Tennefoss to a total of $75,000 in fines, of which $45,000 was suspended by the
Court for the defendantís agreement to rectify the violations within the stated timeframe.