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Last month, four Livingston Parish sewage treatment plants and two operators were charged with violating the Clean Water Act by failing to test wastewater discharges and by failing to file discharge monitoring reports on wastewater that was discharged into the Amite River between November 2000 and January 2002.
The charges were filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana in Baton Rouge.
Now the defendants have signed a plea agreement, which if accepted by the court, will carry the following penalties: The Sewer Company Inc., pleaded to a felony violation and will pay a $250,000 fine and $14,000 in restitution.
The other five defendants, Intrinsic Inc.; 45,000 Inc.; NTL Inc.; John W. Easterly; and Saun A. Sullivan, have each pleaded to misdemeanor violations and have each agreed to pay fines of $25,000 and restitution of $2,500.
Not monitoring wastewater discharges to surface waters has the potential to harm fish, wildlife and humans who come into contact with the waters.
The case was investigated by the Baton Rouge Office of EPAs Criminal Investigation Division and is being prosecuted by the U.S. attorneys office for the Middle District of Louisiana.