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Wastewater Violations Could Mean Jail

PIERRE, S.D. (CN) - A longtime sewer superintendent in South Dakota could face jail time if convicted of falsifying records about wastewater discharged into the Missouri River.

A Hughes County grand jury indicted Greg Mohr on Tuesday on 10 misdemeanor counts of false representation in water pollution control records.

Mohr worked for Pierre for 25 years and was superintendent of the sewer works for about half that time.

He is accused of falsifying 10 records between March 2013 and July 2014 to misrepresent the chlorine levels in wastewater discharged into the Missouri River, making it appear that the water was more thoroughly treated than it was.

Each charge is punishable by up to a year in jail.

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill said there was no indication that anyone had been harmed.

Gill said the inconsistencies were discovered in October 2014 during routine reviews of the city's wastewater records, which are required for it to keep its wastewater discharge permit. Mohr left his job shortly thereafter.

Mohr is due in court on April 10.

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