Former Wastewater Plant Operator Fined $17,250 for Sampling Violations

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A former wastewater plant operator admitted directing operators to turn off an automatic sampling device during a wastewater discharge, meaning that a sample from one of the plant’s treatment devices wasn’t included in the daily composite sample as required by its operating approval. She pleaded guilty to three violations of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, including knowingly violating a condition of an approval and attempting to provide false or misleading information, and was fined $17,250. (In 2016, Clarke Wallace, her supervisor, pleaded guilty to violating the conditions of an approval and was fined $10,000) [Samantha Mantai, Govt. News Release, Feb. 28, 2017].