The former superintendent of the J.B. Gifford Wastewater Treatment Plant in
Michigan City has been charged in federal court with making false statements
under the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern
District of Indiana said.
According to a statement released on Tuesday, Daniel R. Olson, 62, of
Merrillville, made those alleged false statements between July 2007 and June
The three counts:
•Olson knowingly failed to make a required report of a bypass of a treatment
process before discharging waste streams into Trail Creek, a Lake Michigan
tributary, the information alleges.
•Olson knowingly made a false material representation by selectively
reporting only those sample results regarding TRC discharges which showed
compliance with Michigan City’s permit and knowingly failed to report TRC
discharge samples which showed non-compliance with the permit, the
•Olson tampered with a monitoring report by delaying sampling until the
point in time during the treatment process when chlorine counts were
elevated and E. coli concentrations low, the information alleges.
The case was investigated by the Criminal Division of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, part of the Northern District of Indiana Environmental
Crimes Task Force.
The Task Force encourages citizens in the Northern District to report
environmental crimes to (312) 886-9872 or at