• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

OSRAM Sylvania didn't sample for mercury, report says

OSRAM Sylvania didn't sample and report mercury levels last fall - the second year in a row the manufacturer has missed one of its two required reports, according to Versailles Wastewater Superintendent Ralph Ortt. As a result, the company will have to have to sample and report quarterly this year, Ortt said. The penalty was decided by Ortt, Versailles Utilities Manager Mitzi Delius and Wastewater Pre-Treatment Coordinator Reggie Greenup. "We did that in lieu of a fine. . We felt like that was the best thing to do," Ortt said, adding that the cost of sending a sample to an independent lab was greater than a possible $500 fine. "We felt like this was the most stringent penalty that was justified at this stage ." Ortt said he believed the failure to sample and report was just an oversight and not a sign that anything was amiss at the plant. "It's just legalities, is all it is. There's no spill or anything like that going on. They just failed to pull a sample," Ortt said. Ortt said wastewater treatment plans set by Versailles are overseen by the state, and ultimately, the federal government. OSRAM Sylvania Plant Manager Michael McNulty said Tuesday that when the city ran a follow-up test last fall, the result showed no violations.

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