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Notice is hereby given that on August 23, 2012, a proposed Consent Decree was lodged with the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in
The Consent Decree resolves the United States' and the Conservation Law Foundation's claims of violations under Section 301 of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1311, relating to discharges of pollutants from the Boston Water and Sewer Commission's municipal separate storm sewer system ("MS4") and wastewater collection system into Boston Harbor and its tributaries. The Consent Decree requires the BWSC to develop and implement various programs to address these discharges, including (a) Improvements to BWSC's program to identify and eliminate illicit discharges to its MS4, (b) stormwater modeling, (c) stormwater control through best management practices, (c) capacity, management, operation and maintenance corrective action, (d) construction site inspection and enforcement, and (e) industrial facility stormwater pollution prevention. BWSC will also pay a civil penalty of $235,000 and implement a supplemental environmental project worth at least $160,000 involving the lining of at least 25 leaking private sewer laterals that have been identified as sources of sewage to BWSC's storm drains.
For a period of thirty (30) days from the date of this publication, the United States Department of Justice will receive comments relating to the proposed Consent Decree. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, and should either be emailed to
During the public comment period, the proposed Consent Decree may be examined on the following Department of Justice Web site,