State Fines Milo $46,000 for Sewage Treatment Plant Discharge Violation

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MILO – The Milo Water District has been fined $46,000 and will have to take corrective action after the Maine Department of Environmental Protection discovered a number of discharge-related violations at its treatment facility used waters. The Water District collects and treats wastewater for the county town of Piscataquis.

MILO – The Milo Water District has been fined $46,000 and will have to take corrective action after the Maine Department of Environmental Protection discovered a number of discharge-related violations at its treatment facility used waters.

The Water District collects and treats wastewater for the county town of Piscataquis.

Milo is authorized to discharge a monthly average of 0.39 million gallons per day of secondary treated sanitary sewage into the Piscataquis River, according to the Maine DEP’s Monthly Enforcement Report, released Wednesday.

The agency found that Milo was discharging sewage from locations other than those approved and failed to report sanitary sewer overflows, among other violations, after multiple inspections — including those on Nov. 28, 2018, and of May 15, 2019 – and an investigation into Milo’s records. in 2019.

After violating Maine’s pollution control law and the terms of its license, the Milo Water District agreed to pay a civil penalty of $46,000 to the state, with all but $5,000 being conditionally suspended as long as the city takes steps to correct its mistakes. This means that the water district must take a serious look at the operation of its treatment plant, including its finances.

When the water district signed the agreement Aug. 9, it sent the $5,000 portion of the fine, Maine DEP Deputy Commissioner David Madore said Thursday.

Milo discharged wastewater that exceeded its license limits, failed to keep accurate records in the lab, reported inconsistent data and submitted inaccurate discharge monitoring reports, according to the report.

He also shut down the flow meter and recording device, which created a discrepancy between the flow meter recordings and the actual amount spilled, and used a flow meter at a pump station that was unable to accurately record effluent flow rates, according to the report.

The Maine DEP first issued a warning letter on May 20, 2019, and staff spoke with the water district board chair later that month, Madore said. . They had a conference call with the district board on August 29, 2019, and the official notice of violation was sent on February 21, 2020 and March 30, 2021, he said.

Water District Superintendent Adam LePrevost was unavailable for comment Thursday.

The Maine DEP requires the water district to develop a draft annual budget for the sewer system and implement a method of recording and tracking complaints, sanitary sewer overflows, and other malfunctions.

The water district must also submit a capital improvement plan, revised operating budget and more, which is outlined in the report. Staff and board members will need to be trained on licensing requirements.

The water district has completed the tasks on time so far, Madore said.

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