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Sewer Authority chief operator charged by DEP

Published May 30. 2012 05:01PM

A Schuylkill County man, who is the chief operator of the Greater Pottsville Area Sewer Authority, was arrested today on charges that he submitted false monitoring reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as David Kraft, 59, 1210 Pottsville St., Pottsville.

According to the criminal complaint, Kraft allegedly submitted false reports to DEP for the waste water treatment plant's total residual chlorine analysis.

Kelly said that agents discovered that between January 2009 and December 2010 there were approximately 119 instances where handwritten results for the chlorine levels were greater than the results reported to DEP.

The charges state that Kraft's failure to accurately report the sewage plant's chlorine levels on the monthly discharge monitoring reports required by law allowed unpermitted waste water to be discharged into the waters of the Commonwealth.

Kraft is charged with one count of tampering with public records and one count of unlawful conduct under Pennsylvania's Clean Streams Law.

The case will be prosecuted in Schuylkill County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Brian Coffey of the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Section.

Kelly thanked the Department of Environmental Protection for their assistance with the investigation.

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