NJ: 2 officials hid contaminant in city's water

Feb 13, 2013 by David Porter

(AP)—Two top officials at a New Jersey municipal water authority have been indicted on charges they hid elevated levels of a contaminant in the drinking water supply.

The indictment was handed up Tuesday against Harry Mansmann, of Lawrenceville, the executive director of the East Orange Water Commission, and assistant William Mowell (MAO'-uhl), of Wyckoff.

The two are accused of shutting down contaminated wells before monthly water tests to hide elevated levels of tetrachloroethene. The solvent is used for and in other industries and is classified as a probable .

The charges include conspiracy, official misconduct and violating state environmental laws.

Mansmann's attorney says his client is innocent and that levels were within federal safety standards at all times. Mowell's attorney declined to comment.

The water authority serves about 90,000 customers.

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Shootist
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 13, 2013
New Jersey gets the government they deserve
SoylentGrin
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 13, 2013
But not the one they need.
Shootist
Feb 13, 2013
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kochevnik
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 14, 2013
No one "needs" government.
Banksters and corporations do
VendicarE
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 14, 2013
Then why aren't you living in the Libertarian Paradise that is Somalia?

"No one "needs" government." - ShooTard
despinos
not rated yet Feb 14, 2013
But not the one they need.


Dark Knight , where are you ;-)?
antialias_physorg
1 / 5 (1) Feb 14, 2013
Mansmann's attorney says his client is innocent and that levels were within federal safety standards at all times.

I'm pretty sure they will not object to having the water served to them in jail on a daily basis, then?