Lisbon also is in violation of Special Condition H of the wastewater treatment permit because they don't have an O&M plan (operation and maintenance) that includes a systematic approach for proper operation and maintenance of the collection system.
On Nov. 5, 2012 another spill occurred at the route 196 pump station of approximately 550,000 gallons of untreated waste water. This spill ended up in the Sabattus River. This may have been prevented if the alarms were working properly.
On Feb 25th 2013 the Enforcement section or the Bureau of land and water quality sent an updated proposed agreement to Lisbon’s Manager Eldridge that contained a penalty payment of $22,307.
According to the documentation I have seen there is little doubt that both of these spills occurred and they were in clear violation of our waste water license.
As of last week Lisbon hasn’t paid this fine or as far as I know even spoken with the Enforcement Division of the Bureau of Land and Water Quality.
Ignoring this problem will only make matters worse. If this isn’t taken care of in a timely fashion we will probably end up in court with the State and we all know how much that will cost Lisbon. Is it really worth spending Thousands of dollars in court costs to try to save a few dollars.
I think we should fix the problems with the wastewater system, pay our fine and call this a learning experience.
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