Felony charges filed in fish-kill incident, says newspaper

A Milroy man is facing felony charges following an investigation into a large fish kill in the Little Flatrock River.

“The Greensburg Daily News” is reporting that 41-year-old Bradley J. Tressler is facing two Level 6 felony charges of Criminal Mischief Resulting in at Least $50,000 in Damages, as well as Transporting Hazardous Waste to an Unpermitted Facility with the Offense Resulting in Damages to the Environment. The paper reports that the charges are related to an incident that took place in June.

The paper reports that Indiana Conservation Officers and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management began investigating the fish kill two months ago after state conservation officers were dispatched to a scene just off of State Road 3, south of Milroy. According to the report, IDEM officials said that the discharge killed numerous species of fish, crayfish and other aquatic life. The incident also led to Greensburg utilities taking precautions to protect the city’s drinking water, said the newspaper.

The report says that the Rush County Prosecutor’s Office is pursuing the felony charges against Tressler. They allege that he is responsible for the incident, which saw a 25,000 to 30,000-gallon discharge of manure within the river.

Tressler’s initial hearing is set for Thursday, Sept. 18, in Rush County Circuit Court.