For Immediate Release - October 31, 2013

Wheelabrator Millbury, Inc. Pays $14,370 Penalty for Beginning Construction at a Shrewsbury Landfill Without a Permit

BOSTON - Wheelabrator Millbury Inc., which operates a municipal waste combustion ash landfill at 620 Hartford Turnpike in Shrewsbury, has paid a $14,370 penalty for violating Solid Waste regulations at the landfill.  

During a review of facility operations, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) determined that the company began construction on a new scale house at the landfill before receiving a Major Post Closure Use Permit required before construction can begin on a closed portion of the landfill.

In a consent order, the company agreed to the penalty, all of which will be used in a Supplemental Environmental Project to help the Town of Shrewsbury replace vintage windows from 1966 at the Town Hall with energy efficient windows.  

"Any construction proposed on a closed portion of a landfill must be permitted prior to beginning it in order to ensure the work does not adversely affect the integrity of the landfill capping system," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "The Supplemental Environmental Project will help lower heating and cooling costs for the Town of Shrewsbury."

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.