The enforcers: Local Department of Environmental Protection actions
The following is a selection of state Department of Environmental Protection consent orders for the region for August and July, the most recent months for which full reports are available:
∎ WATER SUPPLY VIOLATION, Aug. 9, Great Barrington: Entered into a consent order with Simon’s Rock of Bard College for water supply violations in Great Barrington. The school reported the presence of e coli in violation of the ground water regulations. It will install a mechanical disinfection system.
∎ WATER EMERGENCY, July 19, Whately: Issued a declaration of water emergency to the Whately Water District to address the need to maintain pressure in the water system following the cleaning of its tank. The system requested the declaration as it continued to take actions due to a boil water order issued July 15. The declaration allowed the district to make use of approved bulk water and its connection with the Whately Water Department to rapidly fill its water storage tank. The boil water order stemmed from water supply violations. The district was required to address the presence of total coliform and E. coli bacteria. It installed temporary chlorine disinfection with the assistance of the DEP.
∎ BOIL WATER ORDER, July 16, Granby: Issued a boil water order to Getty Realty Corp. for water supply violations in Granby. The order addressed the presence of total coliform and E. coli bacteria in a public water system. The system’s ultraviolet treatment system was not in operation.
∎ BOIL WATER ORDER, July 15, Granby: Issued a boil water order to Bachelor Knolls Inc. for water supply violations in Granby. Bachelor Knolls is a public water system that under the order is required to address the presence of total coliform and E. coli bacteria. Bachelor Knolls installed temporary chlorine disinfection with the assistance of the DEP.
∎ ASBESTOS VIOLATIONS, July 15, Northampton: Entered into a consent order with Edward T. Corbett Jr. for asbestos violations in Northampton. Edward T. Corbett Jr. is a home improvement contractor. The DEP found violations of the its asbestos regulations during the removal of asbestos-transite siding from a house. Corbett provided the agency with documentation demonstrating a financial inability to pay the penalty. Under the order, Corbett agreed to pay stipulated penalties if there is any future noncompliance or violations of asbestos regulations.
∎ PENALTY FOR COMPOSTING AREA, July 8, South Hadley: Entered into a consent order with a $7,500 penalty involving the town of South Hadley related to the town’s operation of its leaf and yard waste composting area. The agreement provides additional buffer to residential abutters, public outreach and management rules as well as the penalty.
— Compiled by Larry Parnass