Quincy construction and real estate giant Jay Cashman's dredging company has been fined $185,000 after the federal Environmental Protection Agency says it illegally dumped dredged materials.
EPA New England Acting Regional Administrator Deborah Szaro said in a statement this week that Cashman Dredging & Marine Contracting Co. violated the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, also known as the Ocean Dumping Act.
The statement says Cashman Dredging violated the law four times while transporting material from New Bedford Harbor to the Rhode Island Sound Disposal Site: once when a load of dredged material was dumped 2.6 miles outside the authorized disposal site and three times when it was dumped in the wrong locations within the site.
The company’s noncompliance was verified in part by the electronic monitoring devices onboard the disposal vessels, the EPA said. Cashman Dredging complied with the federal agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the investigation and case settlement negotiations, the agency said.
“Proper disposal of dredged material plays a vital part in protecting our oceans,” Szaro said. “EPA works to enforce federal ocean dumping requirements to protect the marine environment while maintaining safe maritime navigation.”