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Former Pomeroy official sentenced for lying to Ohio EPA

The former village administrator of Pomeroy was sentenced to three years’ probation Tuesday after issuing false statements to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

John A. Anderson, 64, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Ohio EPA June 9 related to the operation of the sewage-treatment plant that services the village of Pomeroy.

Anderson was the village administrator from 1989 to 2009, during which part of his job responsibilities were the operation of the village’s sewage-treatment plant, including filing reports with the state of Ohio, according to the release.

During inspections in 2007 and 2008, the Ohio EPA found that the plant was “in an unsatisfactory condition” because large quantities of solids, past the EPA’s limit, were being discharged into the river.

From 2006-09 Anderson failed to collect required samples from the plant. He falsified numbers for several pollutants and submitted the false numbers to the Ohio EPA, according to the release.

Anderson was sentenced to three years of probation by the United States District Court. He must remain under house arrest for the first year and perform 104 hours of community service. He also was fined $2,000.

By court order, he is prohibited from operating a sewage-treatment plant again.

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