News Briefs: Pennsylvania WWTP Finds Digester Leak as Building Partially Collapses

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, lawmakers introduce legislation to curb cyberattacks against critical infrastructure

A digester leak at a wastewater treatment facility in York City, Pennsylvania, was discovered around the same time the façade of the building collapsed, according to the York Dispatch.

The newspaper has photos of the collapsed façade, which was described as “not structurally significant.” It’s not known at this time whether the leak was related to the collapse.

Officials and engineers are investigating the cause of the two incidents.

Proposed Legislation Aims to Protect Infrastructure from Cyberattacks

Following the cyberattack on a Florida water treatment plant earlier this year, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is introducing legislation that aims to protect critical infrastructure from such attacks.

The proposal is known as the Department of Homeland Security Industrial Control Systems Enhancement Act, and it would give more authority to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. CISA’s director would have the ability to detect and respond to cyberattacks and provide assistance under the proposed legislation.

Operator Pleads Guilty and Is Sentenced for Illegal Winery at WWTP

A wastewater treatment plant operator who was accused in December of running an illegal winery out of a treatment facility in Alabama pleaded guilty and was given a suspended sentence of 90 days in jail and a $250 fine.

The operator had been charged with a misdemeanor for unlawful possession of an illegally manufactured alcoholic beverage.


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