EPA honors Boston Industrial Pretreatment Program with award
The awards recognize the work of publicly owned wastewater treatment plan employees, whose efforts and oversight promote water quality throughout the country. The MWRA conducting an impressive 1241 inspections throughout fiscal year 2015, leading to 253 enforcement actions and the generation of $166,000 in penalties.
The authority sampled all of its significant industrial users (SIUs) across 379 sites, 224 of which were inspected sampled more than once. Furthermore, MWRA staff inspected 918 oil-water separator traps.
The authority’s Regional Industrial Pretreatment Program Excellence award also recognizes its achievements in SIU outreach, which include an annual educational meeting in which all of them are invited to participate.
EPA leadership cited the MWRA’s outstanding annual industrial pretreatment reports as an additional factor in its selection for the 2016 award.
"The professionals implementing the industrial pretreatment program, as well as the state environmental agencies that support them, are key to keeping our environment healthy," Curt Spalding, regional administrator at EPA's New England Office, said. "EPA is proud to give them the credit they deserve."