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Hadley plaza owner fined $25,000 for contamination violations

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HADLEY, MA (WSHM) -

The owners of Hadley's Campus Plaza Shopping Center were penalized nearly $25,000 for contamination violations, according to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The owners (E&A/I&G) of the plaza located at 454 Russell St. were cited for failure to report a discharge of contaminated groundwater to a wetland, and for failure to apply counteractive additives in accordance with state regulations.

DEP staff conducted an audit that revealed contaminated groundwater was discharged through the property's storm water system to an adjacent wetland.

"While the application of remedial additives can effectively reduce site contamination, increased monitoring and controls are needed to ensure protection of the public health and environment," said Michael Gorski, director of the DEP's Western Regional Office in Springfield.

"We are pleased that through this agreement, E&A/I&G will be completing changes to the storm water system to reduce the potential for discharge of contaminated groundwater to the wetland," he said.

The commercial shopping center includes a grocery store and other retail businesses that sit on a 37-acre piece of property. The owners were required to pay only $15,000 of the $24,430 fine that was issued.

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