Montana Water Crisis: Two Officials Plead Guilty
HELENA – August 13, 2018
The issue of water pollution issue is a key one in the state of Montana. One of the most recent and scandalous events related to water pollution was the Bozeman sewer system collapse, and now two officials have pleaded guilty, local media reports.
Zachary Daniel Flanagan, 26, former chief executive of USA Brass Company in Bozeman, pleaded guilty Aug. 2 to making false statements in a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch. Flanagan admitted to deceiving sewer system operators in 2013 about the dangers posed by the contaminated water.
A second company official, 26-year-old Nolan Michael Schimpf, pleaded guilty Friday to negligent discharge of pollutants in violation of the Clean Water Act. Schimpf, the company's chief production officer, knew about the lead-contaminated wastewater dumping but did not stop it, prosecutors said.
The defendants are scheduled for separate sentencing in November before U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen. Prosecutors will recommend that each man receives five years of probation and a $50,000 fine under a plea deal.