Cashman Dredging Fined For Alleged Illegal Dumping in New Bedford and Maine
The company responsible for the dredging of New Bedford harbor will pay penalties to the EPA for allegedly violating the Ocean Dumping Act.
The EPA says Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting, along with it's joint venture Cashman-Weeks NB, dumped dredged materials outside of designated locations in Portland, Maine and New Bedford. The agency alleges Cashman Dredging dumped dredged material 1.4 miles from a designated dumping area in Portland,while Cashman-Weeks NB dumped material three miles from designated coordinates.
Under a settlement reached between the EPA and Cashman, Cashman will pay a penalty of $42,000 and install GPS interlock systems, known as GeoFences, on each of it's five scow barges for a total cost of over $130,000.
The GeoFences will monitor the scow's location in relation to the permitted dump site coordinates.