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Former MC utility superintendent gets probation for Clean Water Act violations

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The former superintendent of the J.B. Gifford Wastewater Treatment Plant in Michigan City has been sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of making false statements and tampering with a monitoring method under the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Daniel Olson, 62, of Merrilville, must serve one of those two years on home detention and must also make restitution of $15,000, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Olson admitted the following:

•Failing to make a required report of a sewage bypass into Trail Creek, a Lake Michigan tributary.

•Making false material representations by selectively reporting only those sample results showing compliance with Michigan City’s permit, and failing knowingly to report those samples which showed non-compliance.

•Tampering with a monitoring method, by delaying the daily sampling for wastewater until the point in the treatment process when the treatment chemical (chlorine) was elevated and E. coli concentrations were low.

The case was investigated by the Criminal Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, part of the Northern District of Indiana Environmental Crimes Task Force.


Posted 6/25/2012