- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - State officials say criminal charges will not be filed against two former Sioux City employees accused of tampering with samples at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

The Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/1jh69pq ) reports former plant superintendent Jay Niday and shift supervisor Pat Schwarte have surrendered their state-issued licenses. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the two have also entered into an agreement with the state to not appeal the department’s revocation of their licenses.

State officials say they discovered during an investigation that chlorine doses were dramatically increased on days when water samples were tested for E. coli, and decreased on non-testing days. The investigation was started after a complaint was sent to city officials.

Department spokesman Kevin Baskins said the state rarely files criminal charges or fines in environmental cases.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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