DEP issues fine, orders study of Montague wastewater facility

Ruling made in response to multiple incidents involving sewage flowing into Connecticut River

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Montague’s wastewater treatment facility is being fined $5,000 for a pair of incidents at the plant. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is giving the plant six months to hire an engineer to study the plant.

The Montague Water Pollution Control Facility is located next to the Connecticut River. In 2014, a screw pump failure caused over 18,000 gallons of partially treated waste water to go into the Connecticut River. Earlier this year, over 9.5 million gallons of untreated waste water made its way into the river.

“There was a little mix up,” Abe Rethbun of the Montague Water Pollution Control Facility told 22News. “The communication system didn’t relay the information to our superintendent like it was supposed to. It shouldn’t have happened, but it’s a finable offense and we are being treated accordingly.”

Montague Board of Selectman Rich Kuklewicz said the town supports the study. They hope it will result in a more cost-effective way to operate the plant.  The Board will be contacting the Department of Environmental Protection later this week for some clarifications and an extension to complete the study.

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