EPA, Advanced Coatings reach deal on water decontamination allegations

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 8, 2016

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that Advanced Coatings Co., a Massachusetts resins manufacturer, will pay $38,860 to resolve allegations of violating federal clean water laws.

On Sept. 30, 2014, employees of Advanced Coatings allegedly overfilled a container of styrene, a chemical compound used in making resins, and an unknown amount spilled on the floor. The chemicals then purportedly entered the public sewer, ran into the East Fitchburg publicly owned sewer treatment system and finally into the Nashua River.

The EPA alleges Advanced Coatings is subject to the Oil Pollution Prevention regulations but failed to have in place a spill prevention, control and countermeasure plan.

“By addressing these concerns, the facility will now be taking necessary steps to reduce the chance of an oil or chemical discharge that could harm people’s health or our environment,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office.

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