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Plea change hearing for Ohio wastewater official

CLEVELAND (AP) — A change of plea hearing has been set for the former senior official of a northeast Ohio wastewater company charged with violating the federal Clean Water Act.

Authorities allege that Ben Lupo ordered an employee at Hardrock Excavating LLC to repeatedly dump gas-drilling wastewater intended for an injection well into a storm sewer. Lupo has pleaded not guilty.

Judge Donald Nugent on Wednesday scheduled a change of plea hearing for Lupo for Monday in federal court in Cleveland.

Such hearings are typically scheduled for defendants about to enter a guilty plea. Defense attorney Joseph Gardner declined comment.

The employee in the case, 34-year-old Michael Guesman, of Cortland, entered a guilty plea in August and is scheduled for sentencing Thursday.

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