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For Release: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Westchester Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Wastewater Discharge

James P. Sheerin of Ardsley, Westchester County, pleaded guilty on January 10 in the town of Catskill Justice Court to discharging wastewater to the waters of the state without a valid permit, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Gene Kelly announced today.

The Court fined Mr. Sheerin $15,000 to settle the misdemeanor charge.

Following an investigation by DEC, Mr. Sheerin was charged with one count of discharging sewage to Catskill Creek in the Greene County hamlet of Leeds without a permit.

Mr. Sheerin pumped raw sewage from the septic tank at his three-unit rental property at 1114 Main Street in Leeds into a nearby drain which then flowed into the municipal stormwater system. Through surveillance and the execution of a search warrant, dye tests confirmed the raw sewage ultimately flowed into the Catskill Creek at the Leeds Stone Bridge about one quarter mile from Sheerin's rental property. This discharge resulted in untold hundreds of gallons of sewage entering a popular trout stream over a period of several months.

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