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Westminster, Mass. Company Settles with EPA for Claims of Clean Water Violations

A Massachusetts resins manufacturer has agreed to pay a $38,860 penalty to settle claims by the US Environmental Protection Agency that it violated federal clean water laws. EPA’s allegations involve an incident on Sept. 30, 2014 when employees of Advance Coatings Co. in Westminster, Mass. were routinely filling containers with Styrene, a chemical compound used in making resins.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy Wastewater Treatment Plant Recognized for Excellence

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy Wastewater Treatment Plant was recently honored with a “2015 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award” by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s New England regional office.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy Wastewater Treatment Plant Chief Operator Recognized for Outstanding Service

A resident of Fairhaven, Daniel Freitas, the Chief Operator of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Wastewater Treatment Plant, was recently honored with a "2015 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year Excellence Award" by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s New England regional office. Mr. Freitas was recognized for having done an outstanding job over the years in operating and maintaining the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s wastewater treatment facility in Buzzards Bay, Mass.

EPA Enforcement Ensures that Solar Company Follows Stormwater Discharge Requirements at Warren, Mass. Facility

EPA alleged that Borrego violated requirements of its 2012 Construction General Permit by failing to install and maintain erosion controls and to carry out required “best management” practices for controlling storm water. The requirements were conditions of the Clean Water Act National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction.

Settlement Requires Milford, Mass. Glass Manufacturer to Improve Stormwater Treatment

Wastewater discharged by a glass manufacturing company in Milford, Mass. into wetlands adjacent to the Charles River will be cleaner as a result of a recent settlement between the manufacturer and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Ardagh Glass Inc. agreed to pay a $103,440 penalty and to fund three environmental projects costing a total of about $121,700 to settle claims it was discharging wastewater in violation of its permits

On 20th Anniversary of Effort, EPA Gives Charles River a B+ and Publishes Live...

EPA has given a grade of “B+” for water quality in the Charles River during 2014. The grade reflects the slight drop in water quality, encouraging more work to be done.

EPA Settlement Protects Soil and Groundwater in Lawrence, Mass.

In a recent settlement agreement with EPA’s New England office, Hilton Oil Co., Inc. will take action to come into compliance with Underground Storage Tank regulations to protect groundwater and soil at its facility in Lawrence, Mass. The company also agreed to pay a $27,000 penalty

Town of Wellesley Designated First Green Power Partner Community in Massachusetts

Boston, MA - September 6, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Town of Wellesley, Mass. has been selected by EPA as a Green Power Community, the first in Massachusetts, and the second in all of New England.

EPA Recognizes Staples as One of Nation’s Top Green Power Purchasers

Boston, MA - August 30, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- For the sixth year in a row, Staples, Inc., the worlds’ largest office supply company, based in Framingham, Mass., is being recognized by EPA as one of the top 50 organizations taking voluntary steps to use and purchase green power. Staples purchases more than 146 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet more than 20 percent of the organization’s purchased electricity use. The company is also a member of the Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded EPA’s minimum purchase requirements.

Apartment Complex Owner Pays Fine for Failing to Warn Tenants about Lead Paint in...

Boston, MA - November 30, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The owner of a 25-unit apartment building in Springfield, Mass. has agreed to pay a fine of $10,000 to settle an EPA enforcement action alleging violations of federal lead-based paint disclosure requirements.

Green Infrastructure Projects Promise Environmental Results in Ipswich River Watershed

Boston, MA - June 9, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — A series of low-impact development or green infrastructure projects are demonstrating techniques that show promise of improving water quality and stream flow in the Ipswich River Watershed.


AG Healey Secures $2 Million in Restitution for 20,000 Massachusetts Homeowners...

One of the nation’s largest mortgage servicers will pay $2 million in restitution to resolve allegations that it violated state law and committed unfair and deceptive practices by charging Massachusetts homeowners for unnecessary fees and overpriced force-placed insurance policies, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today