Town Manager McKenna to discuss $70,000 fine with federal officials
At the Town Council meeting Tuesday night, Town Manager James McKenna reiterated the comments that he had made in last weekâ€™s front page story in the Sun-Transcript concerning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the $70,000 fine that it has assessed against the Town of Winthrop for alleged non-compliance with regard to improving storm sewer pollution in area waterways.
McKenna wasnâ€™t pleased that he learned about the fine in a press release and that the town received the official complaint from the EPA on the following day. McKenna told the council that he has set up a meeting with the EPA for next week to discuss the fine. A $70,000 fine is a lot for a town to pay, especially in these dire fiscal times.
McKenna doesnâ€™t believe the EPA will eliminate the fine entirely, but heâ€™s hopeful that the agency will consider lowering the amount of the fine. Whatâ€™s admirable here among our town officials is that theyâ€™re not directing blame at any individual or department for the fine, but that theyâ€™re being decisive in their action to try to address the violations with the EPA and bring a quick solution to this tough situation.