Feds: Worker falsified pollution test results at NASA Wallops

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WALLOPS ISLAND, VA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout provided by NASA,Aerial photograph showing the Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, on launch Pad-0A, on October 17, 2016 Wallops Island, Virginia. Orbital ATK’s sixth contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver over 5,100 pounds of science […]

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say an employee for a NASA contractor falsified pollution test results at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Court documents filed Monday identified the now ex-employee as Monica Borowicz. The contractor wasn’t named.

Borowicz had worked at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island. It’s home to research planes and a launch pad that sometimes sends unmanned cargo rockets to the International Space Station.

The tests monitored Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen, or TKN, which is pollution associated with storm-water runoff and sewage. It contributes to algae blooms and depleted oxygen in waterways including the Chesapeake Bay.

The attorney listed for Borowicz, James Richard Theuer, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

NASA spokesman Jeremy Eggers said in a statement that Borowicz hasn’t worked at Wallops since April 2018.

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