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Chelmsford Company Fined $3,000 for Pollution Control Violations

Waste Water Environmental Management, Inc., was fined for the violation at Woodlands Village at Hickory Hills Lake Condominium’s in Lunenburg.

A Chelmsford company was fined recently for violations that took place at a wastewater treatment facility in Lunenburg.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection announced on Friday that Waste Water Environmental Management, Inc., of Chelmsford was fined $3,000 recently.

The fine came to "resolve violations of the Water Pollution Control permitting requirements that occurred at the Woodlands Village at Hickory Hills Lake Condominium’s wastewater treatment facility in Lunenburg. Waste Water Environmental Management is the system operator for this facility," according to the DEP.

MassDEP said its personnel inspected the condominium treatment facility and determined that the it was not being correctly operated and maintained by Waste Water Environmental Management. 

As a result of poorly maintained equipment, the DEP said sewage broke out onto the ground. The DEP added that plans and an operation and maintenance manual for the facility were not present, which is a requirement.

The Chelmsford company as a part of the fine and agreement has agreed to develop a checklist of requirements to make sure a similar incident does not happen again in the future.

“Most wastewater treatment operations depend on contract operators like Waste Water Environmental Management to provide the oversight required to assure proper operation and maintenance of their facilities and compliance with permit requirements,” said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester. “Operators are responsible to comply with these regulations that ensure water quality in the Commonwealth.”
Sayona April 05, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Wonder how many "spills" occurred that were not caught? Sometimes when a lift or system fails it re-occurs many times before they hit the radar. They have a de-salter on that facility?
John Doe April 05, 2014 at 04:06 PM
Ya Mike, we should just let them dump wastewater in all our front yards...we certainly dont want companies who dump sewage everywhere and carry it without a permit to be "run out" of the state. I hope they spill it in your backyard!
John Doe April 05, 2014 at 04:08 PM
And fining the company $3k for toxic dumping is like fining you or I $1. It doesn't teach them anything except that its worth it to continue the illegal activities and just pay the fines. See big oil, big tobacco, etc.
Dirgni San April 05, 2014 at 06:46 PM
Let's waive the fine if Mike agrees to have the sewage dumped in his front yard.
Al April 05, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Mike has lost all touch with reality - the company's own name is "wastewater management" and they failed to do it....hence a fine. God forbid we run a company out of town for not doing the job that they are paid to do (one that provides basic sanitation that is expected in a "first world" society). I'm going to start a company called Streetsweepers Inc and then drive around dumping trash on the roads and see if Mike will come to my aid.

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