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August 2006


Massachusetts recycling facility to prevent polluting watershed

Wood Waste of Boston, an Everett, Massachusetts construction and demolition debris recycling facility, is facing a fine of up to $157,500 and is required to take actions to prevent pollution from entering the Mystic River watershed.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) complaint against Wood Waste alleges that the Everett facility violated the federal Clean Water Act by discharging storm water from industrial activities on its site to the Island End River without a permit, and for failing to prepare a storm water pollution prevention plan.

EPA also issued a compliance order to the facility. EPA’s order requires Wood Waste to apply for a storm water permit and to develop a storm water pollution prevention plan. The company will also be required to do periodic monitoring of storm water discharges from the site and to submit reports to EPA.

Storm water discharged from the Wood Waste facility flows into the Island End River, a tributary of the Mystic River.

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