Former Oswego Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager admits to polluting water in Lake Ontario

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(WSYR-TV) — Gary Hallinan, former superintendent of Oswego Wastewater Treatment Plant, pled guilty in federal court on Wednesday to negligently discharging wastewater from the City of Oswego plant into Lake Ontario on three occasions — a violation of the Clean Water Act.

Hallinan, 61, admitted that in 2014 that the plant’s centerfuge stopped operating and that as a result, the plant could no longer remove sewage from wastewater. Over the next few months, Hallinan didn’t take action to repair it which led to the plant discharging wastewater containing solid sewage into Lake Ontario.

The charge Hallinan pled guilty has a maximum of one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. He will be sentenced in September.

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