- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A former employee of a western New York village admits he violated the federal Clean Water Act by dumping untreated sewage into a creek.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Andrew Thompson was the chief operator of the Waste Water Treatment Plant in the Chautauqua County village of Westfield in 2014 when a malfunction occurred at a pump station. The day after the mishap, as workers were trying to fix the problem, prosecutors say Thompson directed them to discharge the untreated sewage, a pollutant, into Chautauqua Creek.

Thompson pleaded guilty to the violation in federal court in Buffalo on Friday. He faces up to six months in prison when he’s sentenced in August.


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