A former water plant owner admits to rejecting sewage into Potomac


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By Associated press

MARTINSBURG, West Virginia – The former owner of a water treatment plant in West Virginia admitted to dump untreated sewage into the Potomac River.

Federal prosecutors announced on Wednesday that Timothy Peer had admitted to violating the law on water sanitation.

Peer, 55, was the owner of the Mountainaire Village Utility plant near Ridgeley, West Virginia.

The authorities claim that he failed to maintain the plant, which resulted in the discharge of untreated sewage into the north arm of the Potomac River. He also admitted to falsely reporting wastewater analyzes.

A peer pleaded guilty to violating the conditions of the license and making a false statement in the exit monitoring reports. He faces up to five years in prison and various fines.

His lawyer declined to comment.

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