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Genesee PA Township facing criminal charges by state Attorney General


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By Michael T. Baldwin

New details have emerged about criminal action being leveled against the Genesee (PA) Township Water Authority. Bruce Gearthart, Special Agent with the Office of Attorney General last month sought a judge to issue a warrant or summons. The referral alleges that on two occasions in May and August 2020, the Genesee Township Water Authority failed to maintain a chlorine disinfection level as required by their permit. According to a criminal complaint, the Water Authority is also accused of failing to issue a Tier 1 Boil Water Notice in response to the lapses in disinfection.

On June 30, 2022, the Attorney General’s Office filed a criminal complaint with Magisterial District Judge Kari A. McCleaf. The Water Authority was charged with four criminal offenses. A First Class Summons was then issued on July 1, 2022. The Judge then set a preliminary hearing for August 9, 2022 at 11 a.m. The Wellsville Sun Tuesday contact the office of Judge McCleaft and received a copy of the criminal complaint, a portion of which is provided:

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