For Immediate Release - February 17, 2017

MassDEP Enters into Consent Order with Southbridge Landfill Operator for Solid Waste, Wetland and Air Pollution Control Violations

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Southbridge Recycling & Disposal Park, Inc. (SRDP) have entered into an Administrative Consent Order with Penalty for SRDP's violation of solid waste, wetlands and air pollution control regulations at the Southbridge Landfill.

This enforcement action addresses a number of issues MassDEP identified during inspections conducted in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The noncompliance identified included: failure to prevent erosion or discharge of pollutants by means of stormwater controls; failure to prevent the discharge of leachate to groundwater; altering a wetlands resource area without filing a Notice of Intent; failure to maintain a minimum of six inches of daily cover over the landfill; accepting waste ban restricted material; failure to comply with the emission limitations for emergency engines/turbines; and failure to conduct landfill operations so as to minimize blowing litter.

In the consent order, SRDP agreed to address the issues identified and comply with all of the applicable regulations. SRDP has been assessed a $91,831.70 penalty and will pay $24,331.70 of the penalty to the Commonwealth. The remaining $67,500 of the penalty will fund a Supplemental Environmental Project to defray the cost to the Town of Southbridge of stabilizing bank erosion and washout areas impacting the public rail trail that runs along the Quinebaug River.

"A complex operation such as the Southbridge Landfill requires multiple permits to protect the air, wetlands, and groundwater and to prevent nuisance conditions," said Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "MassDEP is assessing a penalty for the multiple permit violations at the site, but also negotiated this Supplemental Environmental Project with SRDP to improve the environment and the public's access to it in Southbridge, and we look forward to its timely completion."

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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