DEP enforcement actions for March
The following is a selection of state Department of Environmental Protection orders for March, the most recent period for which reports are available:
WATER VIOLATIONS, Becket, March 18: Entered into a consent order with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inc. for water supply violations in Becket. The facility repeatedly exceeded the maximum contaminant level for total coliform. The order includes public notification requirements and responses, including disinfection during the next 12 months.
WETLANDS VIOLATIONS, Montague, March 18: Entered into a consent order with a $4,000 penalty involving Renaissance Excavating Inc. for wetlands violations in Montague related to an August 2012 dredging project undertaken under the direction of the town of Montague. The work extended beyond the area approved and included the placement of fill on a bank and access to the river at a location other than the approved location. The DEP agreed to suspend the penalty. Renaissance agreed to host a presentation on contractor compliance with wetlands rules.
RAIL TIES, Deerfield, March 18: Entered into a consent order with a $49,746 penalty involving Pan Am Railways and Boston & Maine Corp. related to the management and disposal of rail ties in Massachusetts. The settlement supersedes a previously issued order and penalty on rail tie disposal in Deerfield, Charlemont and other towns.
COLIFORM IN WATER, South Hadley, March 12: Entered into a consent order with the town of South Hadley Fire District # 1. The order concerns repeated exceedances of the maximum contaminant level for total coliform at a public water system. The order includes response actions, including disinfection through October 2013.
WATER SUPPLY, Westhampton, March 7: Entered into a consent order with Westhampton Senior Housing Inc. and Affordable Senior Housing regarding water supply compliance in Westhampton. The parties agreed to address potential public water system issues. The order addresses occupancy restrictions incorporated into the property’s deed and a limit on expansion.
— Compiled by Larry Parnass