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DEP enforcement actions for April

The following is a selection of state Department of Environmental Protection consent orders for April, the most recent period for which reports are available:

• CLEAN AIR VIOLATIONS, April 17, Easthampton: The DEP was informed that Julian Pagacz of Easthampton pleaded guilty at his arraignment at Northampton District Court to two counts of Clean Air Act violations resulting from his involvement in the removal of asbestos pipe insulation from an apartment building he owns in Easthampton. Pagacz was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and serve two years’ probation. This case was handled by the attorney general’s office on behalf of the DEP.

• WATER SUPPLY VIOLATIONS, April 12, South Deerfield: Entered into a consent order with the South Deerfield Water Supply District for water supply violations in South Deerfield. The district has agreed to establish a schedule for the redevelopment, testing and reactivation of its wellfield, which has been out of service since 1984 following detections of ethylene dibromide, a chemical contaminant. If the wellfield is not able to demonstrate that it can be properly brought back on line, the order provides for abandonment of the source.

• WATER SUPPLY VIOLATIONS, April 5, Chesterfield: Entered into a consent order with the Hilltown Community Development Corp. for water supply violations in Chesterfield. The agency found that the Hilltown CDC, which serves as a public water system, failed to address a maximum contaminant level exceedance for nitrates in the facility’s water. The facility had been on quarterly monitoring and providing bottled water as a result of earlier detections. The action continues a do-not-use order on a limited basis. It requires investigation of potential causes and development and execution of a plan to address the nitrate levels.

— Compiled by Larry Parnass

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