For Immediate Release - April 27, 2017

State Finalizes Agreement for Construction of New Charlton Waterline

BOSTON - State environmental officials today announced an equal monetary commitment from Southbridge Recycling and Disposal Park, Inc. (SRDP) for the construction of a waterline in the Town of Charlton to address contamination detected in private wells serving homes in the area of Berry Corner Road, H Foote Road, and Eleanor Lane.

The funding agreement follows a commitment made by state environmental officials in early March to provide funding, contingent upon the successful negotiation of an agreement between the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), SRDP, the towns of Charlton and Southbridge, and a commitment from homeowners to connect to the waterline provided through the funding.

"MassDEP is committed to ensuring that residents across the Commonwealth have access to water that is clean and safe to drink," said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. "With the Agreement now executed, the parties can turn toward the work of completing the design and constructing the waterline. Our agency will continue to work with the towns and the residents to see this project move along as expeditiously as possible."

The construction of a water line and connecting it to the Town of Southbridge's public water system is the result of contamination that was first detected as part of private well monitoring conducted by SRDP. The monitoring has been performed around the landfill pursuant to MassDEP permit requirements related to the landfill operations. Since the discovery of contaminants in private wells in October 2015, SRDP has been providing bottled water to 15 affected residences on H Foote Road and Eleanor Lane. Additionally, the funding commitment by the Commonwealth and SRDP expedites the provision of clean water to the affected area, and fulfills a provision contained within Section 2 of Chapter 286 to replace contaminated water sources in Charlton.

SRDP is wholly owned subsidiary of Casella Waste Systems, which is also a party to the waterline agreement. Design and construction of the project is expected to take approximately one year.

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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