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The following is a selection of state Department of Environmental Protection consent orders for the region for November and December, the most recent period for which reports are available”
• WATER SUPPLY VIOLATIONS, GRANBY, Dec. 27: Entered into a consent order with the Granby Housing Authority for water supply violations at a senior housing complex in Granby. The authority must schedule upgrades to its public water system. Problems were found in a 2012 sanitary survey. The work is to include a new water works building that will house a storage tank and other equipment, including an emergency generator.
• HAZARDOUS WASTE VIOLATIONS, HOLYOKE, Dec. 17: Executed a consent order with a $5,000 penalty involving United Innovations Inc., doing business as Specialty Looseleaf of Holyoke, for hazardous waste management violations. The company exceeded allowed waste-oil generation as a “very-small quantity generator.” The company was cited for 12 other hazardous waste management violations and has taken steps to address them. If the work is done, $2,000 in penalties will be suspended.
• WATER SUPPLY VIOLATIONS, COLRAIN, Dec. 17: Entered into a consent order with Pine Hill Orchard for water supply violations in Colrain. The orchard manages a public water system and must address two violations of the contaminant limit for total coliform bacteria. It must provide water disinfection if it violates the total coliform rule in the next year.
•WATER SUPPLY VIOLATIONS, HUNTINGTON, Dec. 17: Entered into a consent order with the Huntington Water Department for water supply violations in Huntington. The public water system must address deficiencies identified in a sanitary survey that remained from an earlier inspection. The department must also update its master plan and maintenance .
• WETLANDS VIOLATIONS, HAMPDEN, Dec. 5: Entered into a consent order with New England Power Co., (National Grid) for wetlands violations in Hampden. The company must resolve an older wetlands violation on a site acquired by National Grid to build a substation. National Grid itself found the violation and notified the DEP of the problem. The company proposed that it restore the altered wetlands.
• RIVER WORK, HAWLEY, Nov. 14: Entered into a consent order with the town of Hawley in connection with the dredging and “channelization” involving five miles of the Chickley River in Hawley following Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. The order obligates Hawley to contribute $109,000 to an escrow account established to provide for plantings and long-term monitoring at the site following its restoration by the contractor involved, ET &L Corp. The agreement resolves investigations carried out by the Natural Heritage Program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the federal EPA.
• WASTE SITE CLEANUP, WARE, Nov. 9: Entered into a consent order with a $1,000 penalty involving Covidien LP for waste site cleanup violations in Ware. After 1987, one or more underground storage tanks located at 20 Cummings St. were found to be leaking. A cleanup was conducted. Later, the DEP required that Covidien file periodic reports. It did for the first five-year review, but was significantly late in filing later reports and became noncompliant with the order. It has agreed to pay a $1,000 penalty and taken steps to avoid future violations.
— Compiled by Larry Parnass