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Environmental company hit with $20K DEP fine.

CHARLTON - BATG Environmental Inc. of Taunton will pay a $20,000 penalty to the state's Department of Environmental Protection for violations of the Wetlands Protection Act at Charlton's municipal landfills.

The violations occurred during closure activities at the landfills on Flint Road.

During an inspection, the Department of Environmental Protection officials found construction from landfill capping activities at the sites had resulted in erosion and deposits of sediment into wetlands resource areas.

The lack of effective erosion controls resulted in violations of the wetlands regulations, the Surface Water Quality standards, and the order of conditions issued by the Charlton Conservation Commission.

An order was initially issued to the company, requiring that it take action to stabilize all exposed soils with erosion controls, and hire a wetlands specialist to develop a plan for the restoration of the affected wetland areas.

Re-inspection of the sites indicated that the controls required by the order were not adequately implemented to control erosion and sedimentation at the sites.

After further negotiation, BATG agreed to a state DEP order establishing an approved schedule for a Sediment and Erosion Control Plan to prevent further discharges, and implementation of a Wetlands Restoration Plan.

All restoration work must be conducted by a wetlands specialist, completed by May 30 and verified by a state DEP inspection.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Jan 14, 2009
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