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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Septic settlement


A local septic business has agreed to pay a $10,000 penalty for using an unapproved treatment process in violation of state regulations, the attorney general's office has announced.

Attorney General Thomas Reilly said in the statement issued earlier this week that the BioSolutions case should send "a clear message" that only approved methods should be used.

Septic Guys Inc. and BioSolutions, both of Westborough, and both owned by Westborough couple Stanley and Patricia Labovitz, reached a settlement with the state that included dropping a lawsuit against Septic Guys and fining BioSolutions $10,000, the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester reported today.

The lawsuit stems from charges that the businesses used a treatment process in which pressurized air and plastic were injected into failed septic fields. The process has not been approved in Massachusetts, and state environmental regulators claim that it can crack the ground and cause raw sewage to seep into groundwater.

-- Erica Tochin

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