BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 13 that manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, subsidiaries of a multinational building materials company, have taken steps to comply with federal clean water laws.
The facilities are Saint-Gobain Abrasives Inc. and Saint-Gobain
Ceramics & Plastics Inc., at 1 New Bond St. in Worcester, and CertainTeed
Corp. and Bird Inc., at 1077 Pleasant St. in Norwood, all subsidiaries
of Saint-Gobain Corp.
The steps come after allegations that the facilities discharged
stormwater and contaminated groundwater in violation of permits. They also violated federal oil spill prevention and discharge laws.
The facilities agreed to pay more than $250,000 in penalties
and $200,000 to support environmental projects.
"The actions taken by these manufacturing plants
resulting from these settlements will help protect our waterways, part of New
England's critical natural environment," said Curt Spalding, regional
administrator of EPA's New England office. "This action should also
encourage other companies to make sure they comply with their water discharge
permits and spill prevention plans."
The case stemmed from EPA inspections in June 2013
at the Worcester facility and November 2012 at the Norwood facility.