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IDAHO FALLS -- A 48-year-old Salmon man who used a federal campground to burn coating off copper wire causing elevated levels of lead in the ground has pleaded guilty to destruction of government property.

The Post Register reports that William Allen Hurlbut pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court.

Authorities say Hurlbut in April 2010 used the Birch Creek Campground in Clark County to burn the protective coating off 200 pounds of copper wire. The campground land is administered by the Bureau of Land Management.

The BLM says it cost $3,500 to remove contamination from the site.

Hurlbut faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 at his sentencing set for Jan. 23.

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