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Nov 2, 2015 4:25 PM

Former Portsmouth yard manager pleads guilty to dumping contaminated water in Piscataqua River

PORTSMOUTH – The former yard manager of the Grimmel Industries scrap-metal business pleaded guilty to deliberately dumping contaminated water in to the Piscataqua River.

Christopher Garrity admitted to knowingly “discharging a pollutant from a point source into a water of the U.S.” a felony charge that carries a punishment of up to three years in prison and fines.

According to court documents, Garrity connected a hose to a tanker truck with wastewater and dumped the water into the river.

Garrity said the wastewater contained aluminum, copper, iron, leader, mercury and zinc.

Garrity’s plea agreement states he faces a maximum prison term of three years, a fine between $5,000 and $50,000 per day of the violation and up to one year of supervised released after his prison term.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 2, 2015.

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