News Briefs: Operator Faces Decades in Jail for Illegal Discharges, False Reports

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, a worker is killed in a crane collapse near Fredonia, Kansas

A man from Springfield, West Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury for permit violations and untreated sewage discharges from his wastewater treatment plant.

The man, Timothy Peer, is the owner of Mountainaire Village Utility LLC, and according to a press release, he failed to maintain his treatment plant from 2014 to 2016. He’s accused of discharging untreated wastewater into the north branch of the Potomac River.

Prosecutors claim he falsely reported the results of quarterly wastewater samples while continuing to charge his customers for services he wasn’t providing.

In total, he faces more than 30 years in jail and well over $250,000 in fines for his alleged crimes. See a full list of the charges at Metro News.

New York Plans Upgrades to Niagara Falls WWTP

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office recently announced a $27 million plan to upgrade the Niagara Falls Water Board’s water treatment plant with changes to equipment, treatment processes, heating and ventilation.

While it might not entirely fix the black discharges into the Niagara River like the one seen in the summer of 2017, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster tells WGRZ News it will help. “It’s going to help, I think, to reduce. I don't know if in of itself, eliminate combined sewer overflows during storm events entirely.”

Worker Killed in Crane Collapse

A worker was killed in a crane collapse during the construction of a water treatment plant near Fredonia, Kansas.

Wilson County Sheriff Pete Figgin tells KOAM News deputies were called to the site after a call came in reporting a possible worl-related accident.

When they arrived on scene, they found two men with injuries. One died as a result of those injuries while the other was treated.

The sheriff’s office hasn’t yet determined the cause of the accident, but OSHA is looking into it.



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