For Immediate Release - May 22, 2013

Hyland Orchard of Sturbridge Assessed $18,110 Penalty

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed an $18,110 penalty on Eugene W. and Sarah L. Damon, as individuals and as officers of Hyland Orchard, Inc., located at 199 Arnold Road in Sturbridge, for violating Industrial Wastewater regulations.

During an inspection conducted by MassDEP personnel last July, it was determined that the owners allowed an on-site commercial beer brewing operation and a small commercial bakery to discharge industrial wastewater to both ground and surface waters near the site.

In a recently finalized settlement, the owners agreed to put in and maintain collection systems to properly manage their wastewater discharges. The company must pay just $4,527 of the assessed penalty, provided that the owners do not have any additional violations for a one-year period.

"Hyland Orchard knowingly allowed the unpermitted discharge of industrial wastewater to its property, which created several environmental and public health issues," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "MassDEP's coordination with the Sturbridge Board of Health has resulted in a comprehensive review of this company's operation and establishment of enforceable schedules to correct a wide range of environmental issues."

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.