Mark Payne Dec. 12, 2014, 10:15am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Southbridge Recycling and Disposal Park landfill will pay approximately $220,000 in civil penalties over allegations that it damaged nearby wetlands, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced on Wednesday.

The landfill allegedly failed to maintain a stockpile, which generated a landslide in August 2013 that covered more than a half-acre near a stream in Charlton with mud and silt.  

The sediment measured up to a foot deep in some places, Coakley said. 

“Wetland areas are very important environmental resources and must be safeguarded,” Coakley said. “Our office will hold accountable those who fail to comply with state laws and regulations designed to protect these valuable resources which benefit the environment in so many ways."

In addition to failing to maintain the stockpile, the company allegedly waited 10 days to report the erosion and stability issues with the stockpile, and did not tell the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) about the landslide. 

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