The former plant operator at a Niota, Tennessee, municipal sewage treatment plant has pleaded guilty to falsifying discharge reports filed with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. United States v. Clark, No. 11-63 (E.D. Tenn. filed 9/27/11). According to court records, from February 2008 until January 2011, the defendant routinely failed to treat sewage at the plant with chlorine before discharging it into Little North Mouse Creek in Niota. He then created false discharge monitoring reports in which he claimed that the sewage had been treated with chlorine, de-chlorinated and tested for total residual chlorine before being discharged. The defendant faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 minimum fine for each of 12 Clean Water Act felony counts to which he pleaded guilty. Sentencing is scheduled for January 9, 2012.