4:46 PM EDT, April 6, 2012
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — The former superintendent of Michigan City's wastewater treatment plant has admitted charges he falsified reports to make it appear the facility was within water pollution limits.
The Post Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/HqE34f ) that 62-year-old Daniel Olson pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of violating the Clean Water Act in U.S. District Court in Hammond.
Olson admits he knew at times that some water had bypassed parts of the treatment plant but he never reported those bypasses to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, as required by a permit. He also says he never reported some chlorine levels.
Under terms of a plea agreement, the Merrillville resident could face up to two years in prison and $250,000 in fines. A sentencing hearing is set for June 20.
Information from: Post-Tribune, http://www.post-trib.com