Apr 09, 2021

Massachusetts Company Reaches Settlement for Illegal Industrial Storm Water Discharges

Shea Concrete Products Inc. of Amesbury, Massachusetts, will pay $57,500 to settle allegations that it illegally discharged industrial storm water into wetlands connected to the Merrimack River.

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Shea Concrete Products Inc., which makes concrete products in Amesbury, Massachusetts, will pay $57,500 to settle allegations that it illegally discharged industrial storm water into wetlands connected to the Merrimack River.

According to Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey, the majority of this money will fund local water quality improvement projects, reported The Eagle-Tribune

The consent decree, filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and pending court approval, settles allegations that Shea Concrete violated the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) when it illegally discharged industrial storm water from its facility into wetlands connected to the Merrimack River. This does not comply with its federal industrial storm water discharge permit, reported The Eagle-Tribune.

“Storm water is the leading threat to our state’s waterways and wetlands, which are critical natural resources that provide flood control and habitats for our wildlife,” said Healey, reported The Eagle-Tribune. “We’re pleased that this initiative is continuing to help clean up our state’s waterways.”

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Storm water pollution is recognized as a major threat to water quality in Massachusetts, according to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Industrial facilities in Massachusetts like Shea Concrete must obtain specific authorization for storm water discharges, properly monitor and control storm water discharges, and comply with state water protection laws, continued Healey, reported The Eagle-Tribune.

In the complaint filed with the consent decree, the AG’s Office alleges that Shea violated its storm water permit by failing to properly monitor and control its storm water flowing through Amesbury's municipal storm drain system and directly into wetlands connected to the Merrimack River. 

Under the terms of the consent decree, Shea Concrete Products Inc. is required to pay $32,500 to the city of Amesbury. This will be used to fund a project that will reduce road salt discharges into Lake Attitash, a potential source of drinking water in the Merrimack River watershed, reported The Eagle-Tribune. The settlement also requires the company to pay the state $25,000 to offset the costs of the AG’s enforcement and for future monitoring of compliance with the consent decree.

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