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MONTANA MAN INDICTED FOR
CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATION


MONTANA MAN INDICTED FOR CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATION
FOR RELEASE:   FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 1999


MONTANA MAN INDICTED FOR CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATION

Gerhardt Blain, owner of Blain's Mobile Home Court of Billings, Mont., was
indicted on Dec. 16, 1998 in U.S. District Court for the District of
Montana for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act.  Blain allegedly
installed a pipe that led from a septic system at his 200- unit mobile
home park to a slough adjacent to the Yellowstone River.  The slough is
upstream from the drinking water intake of the City of Billings.  It is
estimated that the piping system discharged approximately 100 gallons of
wastewater per minute into the slough at various times.  Fecal coliform
bacteria concentrations in samples from the pipe where extremely high. 
Exposure to water containing high levels of fecal coliform can cause a
variety of diseases including skin and intestinal infections.  The case
was investigated by EPA Criminal Investigation Division and was prosecuted
by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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