- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A lawsuit says Wilkesboro employees dumped untreated wastewater into the Yadkin River and falsified water samples to mislead state environmental authorities.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2dP95d0 ) the lawsuit was filed earlier this month by Scott Church, a former town employee who says he was fired for making the allegations.

The lawsuit says Church worked at the wastewater treatment plan from 2000 until August.

He says he saw untreated wastewater dumped in the river at least twice this year and also saw plant employees falsify water samples.

The lawsuit accuses town officials of ignoring his concerns and eventually firing him.

Town attorney John Willardson says Church did not make the allegations until he was fired. Willardson says the town is working with state environmental officials to ensure the water is safe.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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