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Hudson employer fined $292K for treating chemicals as recycling instead of hazardous waste


HUDSON - A Massachusetts-based metal refinishing company has agreed to pay civil fines of $292,500 for running etching liquids and anodizing fluids through its wastewater treatment plant, rather than treating them as hazardous wastes, state officials said.

JMD Industries, which has two locations in Hudson, agreed to the penalty as part of a consent decree announced at Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua, said Attorney General Joseph Foster and Environmental Services Commissioner Thomas S. Burack.

In a statement released Tuesday, the officials said JMD had implemented a recycling program to allegedly bypass regulations regarding the handling, storage and disposal of the waste.

"The hazardous waste permitting system is designed to protect human health and the
environment from the effects of hazardous chemicals. It is important for regulated entities to
communicate with DES regarding permit requirements and to comply with state-issued permits,
which are designed to safeguard our environment," Burack said in the statement.

After environmental officials notified JMD that it was violating the law, the company discontinued the treatment program and corrected the other violations, the officials said.


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