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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:36 AM

 

Two water officials accused of hiding carcinogen in East Orange, New Jersey water

Water contaminated with a chemical linked to cancer was illegally dumped into the Passaic River and flowed downstream through Bergen and Passaic counties as part of a scheme by two utility executives to manipulate water quality reports, prosecutors said Wednesday.

While the dumping went on for almost a month in 2011, state environmental officials said Wednesday that it did not pose a threat to public health. The water polluted with PERC, a chemical used by dry cleaners, was released into the river at Florham Park and would have become diluted long before it reached a drinking water intake pipe in Little Falls several miles downstream, officials said.

Allegations of the dumping were contained in an indictment Wednesday against two executives of the East Orange Water Commission: Harry Mansmann, 58, of Lawrenceville, the commissionís executive director and William Mowell, 51, of Wyckoff,the assistant executive director and engineer.

Prosecutors said the two falsified water reports by shutting down contaminated wells prior to monthly water tests. It allowed them to record lower levels of contaminants in the drinking water supplied to their customers in East Orange and South Orange.

More: http://www.northjersey.com/news/essex/NJ_2_officials_hid_contaminant_in_citys_water_.html

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UnrepentantLiberal Feb 2013 OP
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2013 #1
Buzz Clik Feb 2013 #2
hughee99 Feb 2013 #3
Liberal_in_LA Feb 2013 #4

Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:53 AM

1. Can't figure out the motivation in this.

Read the article...
there has got to be a payoff from somebody.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:53 AM

2. Exactly my thought.

What the heck?

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:07 PM

3. It sounds like they were pumping out the contents of some contaminated wells

in order to flush those wells, so when they were tested, they'd appear cleaner. The motivation wasn't to pollute the river, but to clean the wells.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:42 PM

4. shocking

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