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Down the Drain: Waste Disposal Company Agrees to Pay $500,000 for Alleged Money-Saving Scheme

  • Massachusetts AG Maura Healey reached a settlement with waste disposal company Midstate Sewerage to resolve a 2018 lawsuit over allegations that it dumped septage and waste into a municipal system in violation of Massachusetts’s Clean Waters Act, the False Claims Act, and the Hazardous Waste Management Act.
  • According to the AG’s office, among other things, Midstate Sewerage saved thousands of dollars in costs by dumping its waste in a municipal sewer pump station instead of paying the required disposal fees at a water pollution abatement district. Midstate Sewerage also misled the state’s Department of Transportation about its practices to receive payment under a state contract for the proper transportation and disposal of waste.
  • Under the terms of the consent judgment, among other things, Midstate Sewerage will pay $500,000 in penalties and damages, $150,000 of which will be suspended pending compliance with the settlement. In addition, Midstate Sewerage is barred from contracting with state or municipal entities for a period of two years.