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Montague, Mass. Water Pollution Control Facility Recognized for Excellence

Release Date: 01/27/2011
Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

(Boston, Mass. – Jan. 27, 2011) – The Montague, Mass. Water Pollution Control Facility was recently selected by EPA for a Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award.

The entire staff of Montague facility, led by Superintendent Robert Twombley, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in operating and maintaining the wastewater treatment plant and its collection system. The plant was among three facilities in New England acknowledged for exemplary performance during 2010. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection was instrumental in nominating this facility.

In addition, the facility has been provided with outstanding support from the Town of Montague (Frank Abbondanzio, Town Administrator, and Patricia Allen, Chair of the Board of Selectmen) by allowing the freedom and flexibility for the operators to operate and maintain the plant and collection system to the best of their abilities.

“The professionals operating these wastewater treatment plants, as well as the municipalities and the state environmental agencies that support them, are essential to keeping our communities and our environment healthy. I am proud to give them the credit they deserve,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New England Office.

The EPA Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award was established to recognize and honor the employees of publicly owned wastewater treatment plants for their commitment to improving water quality with outstanding plant operations and maintenance and on-going operator training. More often than not, and particularly with the smaller facilities, conscientious operators and staff continue to perform exceptionally with limited resources.

The Montague Water Pollution Control Facility was acknowledged on January 26th at the annual New England Water Environment Association Conference in Boston.

For more information: http://www.epa.gov/ne/topics/water/wwater.html and http://www.epa.gov/owm/mtb/intnet.htm

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