For Immediate Release - October 21, 2016

Westborough Developer Assessed $7,000 Penalty by MassDEP for Violating Groundwater Discharge Regulations at Southborough Housing Complex

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed a $7,000 penalty on Madison Place Southborough, LLC for violating the Water Pollution Control and Groundwater Discharge regulations at the Madison Place site in Southborough.

The residential apartment complex is permitted by MassDEP to discharge its sanitary waste to an on-site private wastewater treatment facility (WWTF).

During a routine inspection of the WWTF in August 2016, MassDEP found that the owner/permittee modified the treatment facility by adding a pre-treatment tank without obtaining prior approval from MassDEP, in violation of the Groundwater Discharge regulations. The purpose of the pre-treatment tank is to address operational and maintenance issues that were interrupting operation of the WWTF.

A consent order requires the owner to submit a permit application, make any modifications required by MassDEP to meet regulations, provide an as-built plan prepared by an engineer, and provide an updated Operation and Maintenance manual for the WWTF.   

"Compliance with MassDEP's regulations for modifications to wastewater treatment facilities through the permitting process ensures the protection of public health and the environment," said Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "By modifying the treatment plant without MassDEP's approval, the owner avoided review of the changes."

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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