NORFOLK, NY, June 22, 2017 (Watertown Daily Times) -A Gouverneur man was charged Monday by federal agents with two years of dumping polluted water into the Raquette River and lying about it in reports.
Michael J. Ward, 54, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, to an indictment charging him with six felony counts of violating the Clean Water Act, according to a news release issued by U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.
The indictment charges that between January 2013 and September 2015, while Mr. Ward worked for the Norfolk branch of APC Paper Company of New York, Inc., he discharged polluted water into the Raquette River and that he falsified monthly reports to the state Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the paper mill’s wastewater discharges.
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