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Firm fined $7,500 for state violations.

UXBRIDGE - Fafard Real Estate and Development Corp. of Uxbridge has been assessed a $7,500 penalty for violations of the Wetlands Protection Act, according to state environmental officials. The violations occurred during development of the Ledgemere Country subdivision off Crownshield Road.

The state Department of Environmental Protection conducted an inspection at the subdivision earlier this year at the request of the Conservation Commission. State environmental officials observed sediment deposits in a perennial stream resulting from the failure of the on-site detention basin. The discharge of sediment to the stream occurred in violation of a final order of conditions issued by Uxbridge.

A unilateral administrative order was issued requiring that the company repair the detention basin, and that the firm hire a wetlands specialist to assess the damage and prepare a wetlands restoration plan.

The company complied with the order and in a recently finalized consent order agreed to a schedule for the wetlands restoration plan for the affected areas. Additionally, the company will construct proposed modifications and improvements to two detention basins for the subdivision and pay the $7,500 penalty, according to the DEP.

"Restoration of the stream and the corrective actions to the detention basins will provide protection to this perennial stream with a known native brook trout population," said Martin Suuberg, director of DEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "Protecting our natural resources during development projects is essential to maintaining a healthy environment for all."
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Title Annotation:LOCAL NEWS
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Sep 27, 2007
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