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Massachusetts Tool Maker Will Pay $227,500 for Clean Water Act Violations

Release Date: 10/11/2011
Contact Information: Paula Ballentine, 617-918-1027

(Boston, Mass. - October 11, 2011)  Mayhew Steel Products, a tool manufacturer in Shelburne Falls, Mass., has agreed to pay penalties totaling $227,500 to settle two separate claims by EPA that it violated the federal Clean Water Act.

According to EPA, Mayhew discharged wastewater to the Shelburne Falls sewer system containing more zinc and with a higher acidity than allowed by federal standards. EPA also alleged that Mayhew failed to meet its reporting requirements for discharges to a public sewer system, failed to obtain a permit for stormwater discharges to the Deerfield River, and failed to develop a plan intended to prevent spilled oil from harming nearby waterways. 

Mayhew will pay $157,500 for the pretreatment violations and $70,000 for violating stormwater and oil spill (SPCC) regulations.

More information:

EPA enforcement of Clean Water Act in New England (http://epa.gov/region1/enforcement/water/index.html)

EPA oil spill prevention requirements (http://www.epa.gov/ne/superfund/er/oilstor.htm)

EPA Storm Water Permits in New England (http://www.epa.gov/region1/npdes/stormwater)

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