By ecoRI News staff
ANDOVER, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently penalized the Raytheon Co. $45,750 for the destruction of some 5,000 square feet of bordering vegetated wetland during site work at the company’s 178-acre Osgood Street facility.
Raytheon had originally requested that the Andover Conservation Commission grant an emergency certification that would allow the company to clear and remove from a designated wetland resource area the presence of an obstruction, a beaver dam. Raytheon contended at that time that the beaver dam posed a danger to public safety because of flooding impacts to Raytheon land that included a fire-suppression system that consisted of valves and electronic controls. The commission granted the emergency certification last April.
On May 31, 2018, DEP received a complaint that the work by the company was in violation of the emergency certification. That same day, the commission issued an enforcement order finding the work done under the certification was excessive and unauthorized.
“The authorization of any work performed in a wetlands resource area is prescribed; it is not a blank check to do additional work,” said Eric Worrall, director of DEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington.
Raytheon agreed to cease activity within the impacted area, install erosion controls along the edge to prevent further damage, and submit a restoration plan for approval, according to DEP. Once approved, a wetland scientist will be on-site while the work is conducted and completed no later than May 31.
In addition, the restoration work must be monitored for five continuous growing-year cycles, concluding on Aug. 31, 2023. Raytheon will pay $20,000 of the penalty, and DEP has agreed to suspend the balance of $25,750 provided all terms of the order are met.