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Sturtevant police say the state Department of Natural Resources was notified after a resident was caught on camera by a neighbor dumping chlorine in a storm sewer.

James Edwards was issued a $277 citation for illegal dumping in a street or sewer after Department of Public Works Direct Chuck Stachowski received a complaint June 27 from a resident in the 3200 block of 93rd Street.

“We were notified that a neighbor saw someone dumping some kind of chemical that turned out to be something with chlorine,” he told trustees Tuesday.

Stachowski went to the location and conducted a field lab test that showed a high dose chlorine contamination of more than 3.5 parts per million and phenol levels that were slightly elevated. Common household cleaning products contain phenol chemicals, he added.

Sturtevant police Chief Sean Marschke confirmed the citation was issued, and Stachowski said the DNR is looking more into the matter which could result in an even bigger fine for Edwards.

“The DNR’s investigation could result in a hefty fine because storm sewer lines empty directly into Lake Michigan,” he said.

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