Sep 17, 2004

NH Company Agrees to Pay $190,000 Penalty to Settle CWA Violations

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced today that a Greenville, NH food company has agreed to pay a $190,000 penalty stemming from Clean Water Act violations that caused substantial harm to a brook.
According to the consent decree lodged today in federal court, Pilgrim Foods discharged wastewater over many years into a stream on the company’s property that is a tributary of the Souhegan River. The discharges were acidic and contained other pollutants, causing significant environmental damage to the brook.
Pilgrim Foods, which is owned by Old Dutch Mustard Company Inc. of New York, agreed to pay $190,000 plus interest.
"These violations were serious and caused documented harm to the environment," said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator of EPA’s New England Office. "I’m encouraged that as a result of this case, Pilgrim has joined many other businesses in New England that work to follow these regulations and take their environmental obligations seriously."