News Briefs: ​Superintendent Faces Six Felonies for Data Falsification

In this week's water and wastewater news, a wastewater superintendent in New York is facing four years in prison for allegedly falsifying test results; and a plant worker in Ohio turns himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service for theft

A wastewater superintendent in Bolton Landing, New York, has been arrested and charged with six felonies and four misdemeanors for allegedly falsifying test results at the Bolton Sewage Treatment Plant.

The man, Thomas French, is charged with filing false test results to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and faces up to four years in prison and $10,000 in fines. He was allegedly trying to demonstrate the plant was in compliance with effluent regulations even though it wasn’t.

Someone familiar with the case recently told the Times Union that chemicals were being used to manipulate the phosphate and nitrate levels at the plant before recording them and filing them with the DEC.

Source: WNYT News


Ohio WWTP Worker Accused of Stealing, Selling Road Construction Materials

In another case of illegal activity at a wastewater plant, a worker in Youngstown, Ohio, had a court appearance after being accused of stealing steel plates used by city for roadwork and selling them.

The worker turned himself in to U.S. Marshals Service after warrants were issued for his arrest. He allegedly stole a couple dozen inch-thick plates over the past six months valued at more than $1,000 apiece.

Source: WKBN News


National Organization Holds 'Just Clean It Jamboree' in Flint

An organization called the National Clean Water Collective recently teamed up with residents of Flint, Michigan, to help reduce the stigma around the city’s water.

In an event called the Just Clean It Jamboree, the group hosted water treatment operators discussing long-term solutions to Flint’s water issues and welcomed local celebrities and musicians for the public.

“Unfortunately, Flint is on the wrong side of history with water, but I think that with education programs and good technology we can change that,” one attendee told NBC 25 News.

Source: NBC 25 News


Construction Worker Dies During WWTP Upgrade in Australia

Although this next story originates a little farther from home in Perth, Australia, the death of a construction worker is a reminder of the dangers inherent with large-scale water/wastewater treatment plant upgrades.

The man was trapped under a steel beam after a scaffold collapsed while working on upgrades at the Woodman Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. He died before paramedics arrived on the scene.

Source: ABC News



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