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Press Release  Xenos Custom Builders Assessed $7,425 Penalty by MassDEP for Violating Wetland Regulations during Housing Construction Project in Holden

Turbid stormwater from site discharged into a wetland resource area and tributary of the Wachusett Reservoir water supply.
For immediate release:
7/24/2019
  • 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

BOSTONThe 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.

 

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Media Contact for Xenos Custom Builders Assessed $7,425 Penalty by MassDEP for Violating Wetland Regulations during Housing Construction Project in Holden

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection 

MassDEP ensures clean air, land and water. We oversee the safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes. We ensure the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills. And we work to preserve the state's wetlands and coastal resources.
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