For Immediate Release - November 22, 2013

Ludlow Utility Company Fined $2,000 for Environmental Violations

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. (MMWEC) has been assessed a $2,000 penalty by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) for violations of hazardous waste handling and industrial wastewater regulations.  

During a routine inspection of MMWEC's Ludlow facility, conducted on July 18, 2012, MassDEP personnel observed violations of the Massachusetts Hazardous Waste and Industrial Wastewater regulations. The violations included exceeding the allowable hazardous waste storage time and failure to document the hazardous waste storage area inspections. The company was also cited for discharging industrial wastewater to the municipal sewer system without obtaining a permit from MassDEP.  

In addition to paying the $2,000 penalty, MMWEC has agreed to obtain a sewer user permit, correct the hazardous waste violations and take steps to prevent a reoccurrence of the violations in the future.  

"Proper permitting and careful adherence to the regulations and permit requirements will ensure the protection of public health and the environment," said Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP's Western Regional Office in Springfield.  

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.