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Ex-sewage plant chief sentenced for falsifying reports, tampering with equipment

June 26, 2012
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HAMMOND, Ind. — The former superintendent of the Michigan City, Ind., sewage treatment plant was sentenced last week to a year of home detention and two years of probation for Clean Water Act violations, the South Bend Tribune reported.

Daniel Olson, 63, pleaded guilty last April to falsifying reports and tampering with equipment to make it appear the facility was within water pollution limits.

Olson, who ran the plant for 10 years, was charged with submitting false reports to the state environmental agency to hide that the plant had bypassed part of the water treatment process. Prosecutors also alleged that Olson tampered with water monitoring for E. coli bacteria.

Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen told Olson that the two-year prison sentence sought by prosecutors would be appropriate, but chose a lesser punishment.

"Mr. Olson, I''m sure you realize that today you''re getting a big break," Van Bokkelen said.

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