Pathologist Who Identified PCBs In St. Lawrence River Investigated

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A state wildlife pathologist known for identifying PCB contamination in the St. Lawrence River is under fire.

Ward Stone was instrumental in the 1980s for raising awareness of industrial pollutants near Massena and the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation.

New York's inspector general says Stone used government equipment for personal benefit and his bosses damaged staff morale by ignoring his misconduct and insubordination.

Investigators say Ward Stone also improperly resided at least half-time for a decade at his work station in suburban Albany.

Stone agreed in a settlement to retire in 2010 and pay $1,500 for personal use of state vehicles.
 
The report by Inspector General Ellen Biben says Stone also bullied and threatened subordinates, but because of media and other support he was not disciplined.

The 73-year-old Stone says his work speaks for itself. He says subordinates bullied him with the support of certain higher-ups.

Friday, November 28, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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