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Company to pay Peabody more than $110,000 for environmental violations

Posted by Sean Teehan  May 23, 2011 10:39 AM

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Peabody will receive more than $110,000 after a settlement between state officials and a waste management company, Attorney General Martha Coakley's office announced Friday.

Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., a national company that has plants in Saugus and North Andover, settled with the Coakley's office and the Department of Environmental Protection after they allegedly violated the Hazardous Waste Management Act by failing to properly treat and dispose of ash, and the Clean Air Act by failing to contain fugitive ash, Coakley's statement said.

As part of a $7.5 million settlement with the state, Wheelabrator will pay about $114, 000 to Peabody.

“These recoveries are rightfully owed to communities that contracted with Wheelabrator,” Coakley said in a statement. “Especially during these times when municipalities are dealing with difficult budget cuts, these refunds should help support essential services.”

The settlement also stipulates the company must hire an independent environmental auditor to oversee the company's compliance with environmental regulations, the statement said.

The settlement comes after an investigation into Wheelabrator conducted by the Massachusetts Environmental Strike Force, the statement said. The agency began its probe after Coakley's office received credible information from whistle blowers.

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