For Immediate Release - May 12, 2014

Pioneer Brewing Company of Sturbridge Assessed $6,900 Penalty for Violating Industrial Wastewater Discharge Regulations

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) issued a $6,900 penalty to Pioneer Brewing Company, LLC, which operates a brewery and tasting room at 195 Arnold Road in Sturbridge, for violating industrial wastewater regulations.  

During an inspection in 2011, spurred by residential complaints and a complaint filed by the Sturbridge Board of Health, MassDEP personnel found that the company was discharging brewery wastewater to the ground and surface waters near the facility without having groundwater discharge permits from MassDEP or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The brewery's groundwater discharge was a repeat violation that was the subject of a 2009 enforcement order.  

A recently finalized consent order settles a previous appeals case initiated by Pioneer Brewing after MassDEP issued penalty notices to Pioneer on July 18, 2013 citing the industrial wastewater violations. The consent order requires Pioneer to comply with all applicable wastewater discharge regulations and payment of the $6,900 penalty.  

"Brewery wastewaters can contain suspended solids, nutrients and other pollutants, as well as cleaning chemicals," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "These are industrial wastewaters and as such, they cannot be discharged to the ground or into streams without a permit that would require treatment of the wastewater stream prior to its discharge."  

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.