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Princeton Man Gets Jail Time for Illegal Sewage Dumping

AUGUSTA, Maine - A 32-year-old Princeton man has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for dumping almost 100,000 gallons of untreated sewage immediately behind a residential area over the course of five days.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says Dennis Brown was the certified operator for the Passamaquoddy Tribal Government's wastewater treatment plant in Indian Township. Mills says that the dumping took place after a pump station malfunctioned.
"Instead of trucking it to another pump, Mr. Brown decided to dump it on some ground in a residential area, near a body of water, illegally," Mills says.

Brown pleaded guilty Wednesday in Calais District Court to violating state environmental laws. Mills says Brown initially told state environmental officials that he was transporting the sewage to a functioning pump.

Brown also faces a $2,500 fine and has agreed to give up his wastewater operator's certification.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.