For Immediate Release - April 04, 2014

Chelmsford Wastewater Treatment System Operator Fined $3,000 for Water Pollution Control Violations at Lunenberg Condominium

BOSTON - Waste Water Environmental Management, Inc. of Chelmsford has been assessed a $3,000 penalty to resolve violations of the Water Pollution Control permitting requirements that occurred at the Woodlands Village at Hickory Hills Lake Condominium's wastewater treatment facility in Lunenburg. Waste Water Environmental Management is the system operator for this facility.

MassDEP personnel inspected the condominium treatment facility and found that the plant was not being correctly operated and maintained by Waste Water Environmental Management.  Poorly maintained equipment had allowed sewage to break out onto the ground. In addition, plans and an operation and maintenance (O&M) manual for the facility were not present on site as required by the permit.

Under the terms of a consent order, Waste Water Environmental Management has agreed to develop a checklist for all components of the plant's operation and maintenance that will remain on-site. The company has also agreed to provide the compliance sampling schedule for all facilities under contract with the firm to allow MassDEP the opportunity to inspect sampling operations. Documentation that plans and O&M manuals are on site and adequate staffing exists at all facilities under contract with the company is also required by the consent order.  

"Most wastewater treatment operations depend on contract operators like Waste Water Environmental Management to provide the oversight required to assure proper operation and maintenance of their facilities and compliance with permit requirements," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "Operators are responsible to comply with these regulations that ensure water quality in the Commonwealth."

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

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