September 26, 2017 Email

From: Cheryl Spencer []
Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 7:51 PM
To: david russell
Subject: Re: FW: MFGR Wastewater Discharge License

Hi David,
Thanks for sending this along. The info that would be great to have would be the WWTP's test result of their outflow, when it leaves the plant and before it enters the River. I had called DEP about that, but got no response before we left to visit grandchildren.
If you could call DEP, the guy to talk to is Gary Brooks, I believe. I will try to contact you before the 10th to learn what has transpired in the meantime, such as communications from Jim Katsiaficas if he has prepped anything for the Board. I'll check the website too.
     It would go a  long way toward lowering peoples' concerns if there were a third party trustworthy place to go with odor complaints. Folks don't give a damn how "robust" Casella's protocol is, if Casella's people get to be judge, jury, and referee about what is a nuisance odor, especially considering we have full time fire, police, and code. The way I read Ch. 24, they are fully in effect since ME DEP issued the permits last spring. There are still loads going in there uncovered, and not covered tightly enough to prevent litter and odors from escaping. It is past time for some enforcement.
Ed Spencer

On Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 10:29 AM, david russell <> wrote:

Thought I would pass this along to you. It will also be posted on the web site.

Thank you,

From: Jeremy Labbe []
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 2:27 PM
To: david russell
Cc:; Thomas Doyle; Toni King; Wayne Boyd; Don Meagher; Mike Booth
Subject: MFGR Wastewater Discharge License

Mr. Russell,

As we mentioned last evening.  The details pertaining to our leachate agreement, along with MFGR’s (owner of the former Old Town Mill WWTP) MEPDES permit, issued on October 12, 2016,  for continued operation of their treatment plant, are included in Appendix D-10 of the Application.  In their permit is detailed what sampling they must perform on their discharge to the Penobscot River, which was a question raised last evening.  This robust sampling program is overseen by the MEDEP with results being submitted to the MEDEP as detailed in the license with many parameters, including metals (mentioned last evening).  I have attached this Appendix for your reference.

Additionally, questions regarding odor were raised.  Our robust odor complaint monitoring and management is detailed in Section 24-8.F of the Application Narrative and in our Operations Manual (Appendix D-3) and provide information to answer questions raised last evening as well.

Please feel free to reach out to us at any time with questions or comments, we appreciate your time.


Jeremy Labbe, P.E.
Engineer & Environmental Manager
Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

358 Emerson Mill Rd.
Hampden, ME 04444
p. 207.862.4200 ext. 233 | c. 207.217.7988| w.


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