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PA SEWER DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT CHARGED FOR VIOLATING THE CLEAN WATER ACT
Release Date: 04/24/98
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 1998
SEWER DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT CHARGED FOR VIOLATING THE CLEAN WATER ACT
On April 13, Dennis Arnold, Assistant Superintendent of the Northeast Public Sewer District in Jefferson County, Mo., was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis with two counts of violating the Clean Water Act. The charges allege that Arnold, discharged sewage sludge into Saline Creek in November 1996 in violation of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Saline Creek is a tributary of the Mississippi River. The sludge contained high levels of fecal coliform bacteria and if ingested can cause intestinal illness in people and can also harm wildlife, fish and other aquatic life forms. The charges also allege that Arnold falsified a discharge monitoring report to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources by claiming that fecal coliform discharges from the Northeast Public Sewer District facility were within the limits set by the facility’s NPDES permit. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division.