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PA DEVELOPER CONVICTED OF FOUR FELONY CLEAN WATER ACT VIOL.

Release Date: 12/20/96
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PA DEVELOPER CONVICTED OF FOUR FELONY CLEAN WATER ACT VIOL.

FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1996

DEVELOPER CONVICTED OF FOUR FELONY CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS

On Dec. 16, Denny Moore, of South Williamson, Ky., was convicted by a jury in Huntington, W.Va., of four felony counts of violating the federal Clean Water Act for allowing raw sewage to overflow from a treatment plant which he abandoned at the Shady Woods subdivision near Muncy, W.Va in April 1994. In May 1994, a test was conducted which indicated that the plant had discharged raw sewage containing fecal coliform levels of 23 million counts per 100 milliliters into Pidgeon Creek. This exceeded the maxim allowable level under the plant's permit of 400 counts per 100 milliliters. Fecal coliform is a bacterial byproduct of improperly treated sewage and its presence is an indicator for other microorganisms which can cause such diseases as candidiasis, giardiasis, cholera, salmonellosis, shigellosis, typhoid fever, viral gastroenteritis, hepatitis A and polio in humans. Moore faces a maximum sentence of up to 12 years imprisonment and/or a maximum fine of up to $1 million. The case was investigated by EPA's Criminal Investigation Division and the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection.

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