For Immediate Release - November 25, 2013

537 Hartford Turnpike, LLC Must Restore Wetland Resources and Pay a $5,000 Penalty for Wetlands Protection Act Violations in Shrewsbury

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed a $5,000 penalty to 537 Hartford Turnpike, LLC, and its registered agent Christopher J. Muello, to address damage caused by violations of the Wetlands Protection Act at its property located at 824 Hartford Turnpike, Shrewsbury.

Following a request for assistance from the Shrewsbury Conservation Commission, MassDEP personnel inspected the area and observed that filling of Bordering Vegetated Wetlands (BVW) had occurred on the property during construction of a commercial building and a parking lot.   The work was taking place beyond the area of work approved in an Order of Conditions issued by the Shrewsbury Conservation Commission.

The owner agreed to pay the penalty, implement the approved wetlands restoration plan, monitor the restored wetlands to assure success of the restoration and submit a final inspection report. Through this action, 1,625 square feet of BVW will be restored.  

"Companies working near wetlands need to follow the requirements and comply with orders issued by local conservation commissions to protect the wetland resources of the Commonwealth," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "MassDEP relies on its local partners to assist with enforcement of the Wetlands Protection Act."  

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.