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Broken hose costs lawn care firm $5,750

STERLING - The Department of Environmental Protection assessed a $5,750 penalty on New England Commercial Lawn Care Inc. of Sterling to resolve violations that occurred during a hydro-seed application at an apartment complex in Shrewsbury last year.

Francis "Skip" L. Quinn, president, said about five gallons of hydro-seed went down a catch basin after a hose burst. The company was fined because it didn't report the incident right away.

"A resident reported it to the DEP as somebody pouring green paint down the storage drain," said Mr. Quinn. "There is nothing harmful in the hydro-seed, but we got fined because by the time the crew came back to the office, the DEP was already on the scene."

Workers returned after MassDEP's inspection and removed the remaining hydro-seed mixture from around the catch basin.

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Feb 26, 2009
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