Mount Desert Pollution Fine Protested

MOUNT DESERT — Town officials are protesting a $16,606 penalty that the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) wants to charge for environmental violations at the town’s old wastewater treatment plant in Somesville between 2005 and 2009.


The town replaced the plant last year at a cost of about $5 million.

Last month, John Glowa of the DEP’s enforcement section sent interim town manager Durlin Lunt a proposed “administrative consent agreement” to be signed and returned along with a check. In an earlier phone conversation, Mr. Lunt said, Mr. Glowa told him that the town was getting off easy because the penalty could have been $20,000.

Mr. Lunt told the selectmen Tuesday night, “It hit me wrong when they said, ‘Thank you very much for spending millions of dollars and addressing each and every one of our concerns; therefore, we’re only going to make you spend an extra $16,600. Normally, we would fine you $20,000, but since you were so compliant, we’ll give you a $3,400 break.’ I think that’s absolutely ridiculous.”

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