MassDEP Issues $14,375 Penalty to Edgewood North Reading Apartments Investors for Groundwater Discharge Violations
Group Agrees to Evaluate, Correct Ongoing Wastewater Treatment Violations
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized Edgewood North Reading Apartments Investors, LLC, $14,375 for continued violations of its groundwater discharge permit involving effluent, fecal coliform, total nitrogen and total suspended solids. The company owns and operates a 406-unit residence at 100 Lowell Road in North Andover.
MassDEP first took action involving the violations on May 1, 2014 by issuing a notice of noncompliance that required action and a return to compliance by the end of that month. The company's plan to address the violations included cleaning procedures for the disinfection system, increased monitoring and pumping and increased educational outreach to the facility's residents.
During 2015, problems with the wastewater treatment lingered despite attempts to address the continued violations of its groundwater discharge limits, including the failure of two air compressors, the replacement of two bulbs in the ultraviolet disinfection system, and pumping of the pre-treatment system.
"The responsible party has agreed that a full evaluation and plan is necessary with detailed tasks going forward in order to comply fully with its groundwater discharge permit limits," said Eric Worrall, director of MassDEP's Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington.
Edgewood will continue to report monthly any violations and the steps it has taken to mitigate or eliminate the problem. Also, within 75 days, the company will transmit a task report in accordance with the scope of work developed to address the wastewater system's violations, and within 135 days will transmit a second task report. Any major modifications will require a MassDEP permit approval. Edgewood will pay $8,000 of the penalty and the remaining $6,375 will be suspended provided the company fully complies with the order.
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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