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DEP enforcement actions for October

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

WATER SYSTEM PROBLEMS, Oct. 31, region: Issued unilateral orders to public water systems in western Massachusetts. Each failed to submit for multiple years the required Drinking Water Program Annual Statistical Reports. The systems are include the Wendell Country Store in Wendell and the Sirius Community Center in Shutesbury.

SOLID WASTE VIOLATION, Oct. 2, Northampton: Entered into a consent order with a $5,484 penalty involving Cooley Dickinson Hospital for solid waste violations in Northampton. The DEP determined that the hospital made an improper shipment of regulated medical waste to a local solid waste management facility. As part of the settlement, the hospital will pay a penalty of $5,484 and complete a supplemental environmental project valued at $21,936. Under this project, the hospital will provide the supplies and materials for Hampshire County communities to have access to residential drop-off locations for household generated regulated medical wastes.

WASTEWATER DISCHARGES, Oct. 2, Hadley: Issued a $287 penalty assessment notice to Celso Enterprises Inc. in Hadley for illegal discharges of wastewater to the ground. On July 22, the DEP’s emergency response personnel received a complaint from the Hadley Police Department. The department reported witnessing Celso discharging rug and carpet cleaning wastewater onto the ground at a property located at Mill Valley Road in Hadley. The DEP inspected the site and was informed by Celso Correia, the manager/operator of Celso, that he had discharged the wastewater onto the ground because it was too late in the day to take the wastewater to the Amherst Wastewater Treatment Facility.

DENTAL PRACTICES, statewide: Issued a total of 66 notices of noncompliance in October to certain non-filing dental facilities. The agency sent notices to 66 dental practices and facilities across the state for failing to certify by July 29 that they have installed and are operating approved amalgam separators to keep mercury out of the wastewater they discharge. They were among a group of 309 facilities whose Environmental Results Program certifications were due, but did not respond to letters mailed July 17, or again, after post cards sent Oct. 1 reminding them of their obligation to certify and pay the $400 compliance fee. The dental facilities and practices receiving the notices of noncompliance were given 30 days to return to compliance, after which they will face the possibility of higher-level enforcement, including financial penalties. More information on the DEP’s program is available at www.mass.gov/dep/service/dentists.htm.

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