- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for Xenos Custom Builders Assessed $7,425 Penalty by MassDEP for Violating Wetland Regulations during Housing Construction Project in Holden
Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed a $7,425 penalty to Xenos Custom Builders, LLC of Holden, owner of land off Bullard Street in Holden, for violating wetlands regulations associated with residential construction work at that property.
In response to a citizen complaint of highly turbid stormwater discharging into a wetland area, MassDEP staff and representatives of the Holden Conservation Commission inspected the property. MassDEP observed that work had occurred on Xenos’s property without appropriate erosion and sedimentation controls, causing soil from the site during a rain event to discharge into a wetland resource area and tributary of the Wachusett Reservoir water supply.
In a consent order with MassDEP, Xenos has agreed to implement appropriate erosion and sedimentation controls, restore the altered wetland resource areas, and pay $5,000 of the assessed penalty, with the remaining amount suspended provided that Xenos complies with the agreement.
“Appropriate erosion and sedimentation controls at construction sites are critical to protecting Bordering Vegetated Wetlands and preventing the degradation of water quality to drinking water supply sources,” said Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester. “Developers must monitor and maintain erosion and sedimentation controls during rain events at their construction sites to avoid causing impacts to important water resources.”