- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Mason County Board of Education faces almost $17,000 in state environmental fines for sewage issues at three elementary schools.

A Department of Environmental Protection consent order signed last month cited problems at Ashton Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary and Beale Elementary.

The order says sewage treatment plants at the schools exceeded their limits of several substances discharged into waterways 65 times combined from June 2012 to December 2014.

DEP cited instances in June and September 2012 when Beale Elementary exceeded fecal coliform limits by about 15,000 and 14,000 percent.

The order says Roosevelt Elementary created deposits and sludge banks at the bottom of its receiving stream.

The order says equipment wasn’t properly set up and maintained at Ashton and Roosevelt.

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