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MASTEX INDUSTRIES TO PAY $275,000 CIVIL PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL DISCHARGES OF WASTEWATER TO HOLYOKE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

 MASTEX INDUSTRIES TO PAY $275,000 CIVIL PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL
 DISCHARGES OF WASTEWATER TO HOLYOKE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
 BOSTON, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Mastex Industries, Inc., will pay a civil penalty of $275,000 to the federal government for its past violations of the Clean Water Act at its textile manufacturing facility in Holyoke, Mass.
 U.S. Attorney A. John Pappalardo and Regional Administrator Julie Belaga, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region I, announced that a consent decree was lodged today in federal district court in Springfield. The settlement resolves an enforcement case that the United States initiated in 1990, alleging that Mastex's manufacturing facility in Holyoke continuously discharged wastewater to the Holyoke wastewater treatment plant containing levels of pH which violate national and local "pretreatment" requirements. Under regulations established by the EPA under the Clean Water Act, industrial facilities that discharge to a publicly owned treatment works must pre-treat their wastes in accordance with local standards established by the owner of the treatment works and national standards established by the EPA. These standards are designed to prevent the discharge of pollutants which pass through or interfere with the publicly owned treatment works.
 Mastex is now in compliance with the national and local standards for pH, and its agreement to pay a $275,000 penalty resolves its past violations of the Clean Water Act. Under the terms of the consent decree, Mastex must pay the penalty within 30 days of entry of the decree in federal district court.
 The enforcement case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne E. Durrell, acting chief of Pappalardo's Civil Bureau, and Dianne G. Chabot of the EPA's Office of Regional Counsel.
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