- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for MassDEP Assesses Penalty for Industrial Wastewater Discharge Violations
Joseph Ferson, Public Affairs Office
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) today announced it has assessed a $26,407 penalty to Del Monte Fresh Fruit Produce for Surface Water Discharge violations involving the improper disposal of industrial wastewater at its Canton facility. Additionally, through a consent order, Del Monte is required to submit a plan within 60 days to address the containment and proper disposal of waste in liquid form.
On May 16, 2018, the Canton Board of Health notified MassDEP that large amounts of liquid waste from a dumpster located at Del Monte’s 105 Shawmut Road facility were discharging a rancid flow, associated with decomposing fruit and vegetable waste, into a tributary of the Neponset River.
MassDEP sampled the wastewater during an inspection and after collecting samples, found significant concentrations of pollutants, including Total Suspended Solids and Biochemical Oxygen Demand.
“The facility had been trying to address odor complaints from nearby businesses regarding the waste disposal of organic and other byproducts of its operations,” said Millie Garcia-Serrano, director of MassDEP’s Southeastern Regional Office in Lakeville. “Unfortunately, their efforts have been inadequate to date, but under today’s consent order with MassDEP, the plant has agreed to provide a plan with clear actions and an implementation schedule that will bring the facility into compliance.”
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.