For Immediate Release - December 16, 2013

Vitasoy USA Inc. of Ayer Pays $10,995 Penalty for Violating Air Pollution Control and Industrial Wastewater Regulations

BOSTON – Vitasoy USA Inc., a large processor of soybeans with a manufacturing plant at One New England Way in Ayer, will pay a $10,995 penalty and install a sophisticated industrial wastewater pretreatment system to comply with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Air Pollution Control and Industrial Wastewater regulations. 

MassDEP and local officials have received and verified numerous complaints of odors emanating from Vitasoy’s operations, most often caused by an existing overloaded industrial wastewater pretreatment system. In addition to the odors, the company has discharged industrial wastewater to the Ayer sewage treatment plant in excess of pollutant limitations set by the treatment plant officials.

In a consent order with MassDEP, the company agreed to design and install a new, industrial pretreatment system that, along with other process modifications, will lead to compliance with the air and wastewater regulations.

“This company tried many things to attain compliance, but an upgraded pretreatment system is needed,” said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester.  “It is the intent of this action that Vitasoy’s operations will no longer create nuisance odors in the surrounding neighborhood.”

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.