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Mass. AG takes action against Veolia

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 26, 2016

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has sued Veolia Water North America-Northeast LLC (Veolia) for allegedly failing to properly operate the town of Plymouth’s wastewater treatment plant and collection system.

According to the lawsuit, Veolia’s alleged improper management led to the discharge of more than ten million gallons of raw sewage in December and January. Additionally, the complaint states that Veolia previously discharged untreated wastewater into Plymouth Harbor.

“It is critically important that wastewater treatment facilities, like the one operated by Veolia in Plymouth, are adequately maintained and properly operated,” Healey said. “This is a case involving repeated, serious violations of state laws that threatened public health and our invaluable water resources.”

The case will be handled by Assistant Attorney General Melissa A. Hoffer, chief of Healey’s Energy and Environment Bureau; and Assistant Attorney General I. Andrew Goldberg of Healey’s Environmental Protection Division; with assistance from paralegal Christopher Knecht, also of the AG’s Environmental Protection Division; Shaun Walsh, an attorney with MassDEP; and Regional Engineer Jonathan Hobill of MassDEP’s Southeast Regional Office.

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