The EPA has fined a Greenville, N.H., food company $190,000 for Clean Water Act violations that caused substantial harm to a brook over many years.
According to the consent decree, Pilgrim Foods discharged wastewater into a stream that is a tributary of the Souhegan River. The discharges were acidic and contained other pollutants, causing significant environmental damage to the brook.
Specific violations named in the settlement include:
Pilgrim Foods, which is owned by Old Dutch Mustard Company Inc. of New York, agreed to pay $190,000 plus interest. In addition, the company has agreed to:
More penalties were stipulated if Pilgrim violates the terms of the settlement.
Pilgrim Foods makes vinegar, mustard and apple juice. As part of its business, Pilgrim stores liquid in aboveground tanks, loads and unloads raw and processed materials and fuels, washes and maintains vehicles.
These activities resulted in leaking, spilling and discharges of low pH liquids, an oil spill and discharge of liquids related to maintaining vehicles.