Operator of Hugo's water plant contests fine

Posted at 10:14 AM, Sep 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-09 11:14:55-04

HUGO, Okla. (AP) -- The operator of Hugo's water treatment plant says a proposed $3.17 million fine over drinking water quality violations is excessive and unjustified.

The Oklahoman reports that Severn Trent Environmental Services requested on Tuesday a hearing before an administrative law judge. The company says it also plans to request a settlement conference with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

The agency had leveled the proposed fine against the company last month, citing regulatory violations including inadequate record-keeping and a lack of chlorine at times in water.

Company officials say they conducted an investigation once they learned of the problems and fired a plant manager after discovering he "misreported" chlorine data.

A state environmental quality spokeswoman says officials hadn't seen the company's legal filing and weren't in a position to comment.

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