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Billerica, MA

Billerica, MA: (May-31-07) United States Attorney Michael Sullivan; Robert Varney, Regional Administrator for the US Environmental Protection Agency's New England Office; Martha Coakley, Massachusetts Attorney General; and Arleen O'Donnell, Acting Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection filed charges against the town of Billerica, MA, alleging that the town discharged pollutants directly into the Concord River and into a tributary of the Concord River from its water treatment plant without a permit.

The discharges contributed to degradation of water quality and impairment of the river habitat in the vicinity of the water treatment plant. The charges claimed that the town violated its discharge permit for its waste water treatment facility because it exceeded permitted effluent limits for phosphorus, fecal coliform bacteria, pH, and ammonia nitrogen. The Town also failed to submit discharge monitoring reports, failed to comply with monitoring requirements, and failed to submit infiltration and inflow reporting. Billerica's discharges of phosphorus contribute to the excessive aquatic plant growth that characterizes the river system. These conditions are the result of an overabundance of nutrients, primarily phosphorus, being discharged to the river.

In a settlement reached, Billerica will pay a $250,000 penalty as well as implement two supplemental environmental projects at a cost of $50,000. [WEB WIRE: WASTE WATER]

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Published on Jun-2-07


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