- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for MassDEP Assesses $5,980 Penalty to Linear Retail Stow LLC for Violating Groundwater Discharge Regulations at Stow Shopping Plaza
Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed a $5,980 penalty to Linear Retail Stow #1 LLC of Burlington for violations of the groundwater discharge regulations at their mixed-use commercial development in Stow.
The company, owner of a wastewater treatment plant associated with the Stow Shopping Plaza, failed to comply with its groundwater discharge permit issued by MassDEP by exceeding the permitted discharge limits for fecal coliform, turbidity and biochemical oxygen demand, during 2018.
The company entered into a consent order with MassDEP, agreeing to conduct a third-party review of the wastewater treatment facility and identify capital and operational improvements to ensure compliance with all permit discharge limits. The company must also pay the penalty.
"Compliance with permit discharge limits is essential to ensure the protection of nearby water resources," said Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "It is important to fulfill the requirements of the permit conditions for the benefit of public welfare and the environment."