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PA PENNSYLVANIAN PLEADS GUILTY TO VIOLATING CLEAN WATER ACT

Release Date: 11/29/96
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PA PENNSYLVANIAN PLEADS GUILTY TO VIOLATING CLEAN WATER ACT

FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1996

PENNSYLVANIAN PLEADS GUILTY TO VIOLATING CLEAN WATER ACT

On Nov. 25, Mark Mayhue of Annville, Pa., former superintendent of the Norristown Wastewater Treatment Plant in Norristown, Pa., pleaded guilty to two felony counts and one misdemeanor count of violating the Clean Water Act. Mayhue violated the plant's discharge permit by failing to remove approximately 150 tons of sewage sludge from wastewater discharged from the Norristown Plant into the Schuylkill River between January and March of 1994. When sentenced, Mayhue could receive a maximum of up to seven years of imprisonment and/or a maximum fine of up to $125,000 per day of violation. The case was investigated by EPA's Criminal Investigation Division and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Environmental Crimes Section , the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, with assistance from EPA's National Enforcement Investigations Center.

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