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Prosecutors: 2 ex-workers tampered with power plant monitors

February 4, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say two former employees at Berkshire Power Plant in Agawam have been charged with tampering with required air pollution monitors.

The U.S. attorney in Boston and the Massachusetts attorney general announced Tuesday the men have agreed to plead guilty to charges in a federal criminal information.

Prosecutors said the plant’s former operations manager, 51-year-old Fred Baker of Southampton, and its former control technician, 44-year-old Scott Paterson of Manchester, Connecticut, were charged with conspiracy and violations of the Clean Air Act. It is not immediately known who represents them.

Prosecutors allege that between 2008 and 2011 Baker instructed Paterson and other plant operators to adjust monitors that would have shown illegal levels of air pollutants were being released. Prosecutors said the proper settings were restored ahead of two independent audits.

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