RUTLAND, Vt. — A Vermont city could be facing a significant state fine after an operator error led to the release of more than 1 million gallons of raw sewage into the Otter and East creeks earlier this month.

Rutland Public Works Commissioner Jeff Wennberg says a city employee failed to restart a pump in the city’s sewage treatment plant after a fuse blew. Wennberg says the employee has been disciplined.

Wennberg tells the Rutland Herald ( the sewage discharge began at 1 a.m. Aug. 5 and was not corrected until other employees showed up more than nine hours later.

More recently Rutland had two weather-related sewage overflows after storm water from heavy rains was on the verge of overwhelming the plant.

State officials confirm the incident is under investigation.

Information from: Rutland Herald,

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