For Immediate Release - October 16, 2013

MassDEP Penalizes Marlborough Firm $6,000, Requires Restoration after Violation of Wetlands Regulations at Hopkinton Property

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed a penalty of $6,000 to 63-65 South Street Hopkinton, LLC of Marlborough to address damage caused by its violations of the Wetlands Protection Act at its property located at 63-65 South Street in Hopkinton.

Following a request for assistance from the Hopkinton Conservation Commission in November 2012, MassDEP personnel inspected the area and observed that Bordering Vegetated Wetlands on the property had been bulldozed and filled with asphalt. The Conservation Commission had not issued permits for this work; rather, the commission had issued an Enforcement Order requiring the company to cease and desist work in areas under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act.

MassDEP issued a subsequent order requiring that the owner stop work within the wetland areas, implement erosion control measures, hire a wetlands specialist to delineate the wetland boundaries on the property, evaluate the extent of impact to wetland resource areas and submit a wetlands restoration plan to MassDEP for review and approval. The owners have complied with the requirements of the MassDEP order and have implemented the approved plans to remediate and restore the site.  

"Companies working near wetlands need to follow the requirements and comply with orders issued by local conservation commissions to ensure the protection of wetland resources within the Commonwealth," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester.  "MassDEP relies on its local partners to assist with enforcement of the Wetlands Protection Act."

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.