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Section 59. Whoever pumps, discharges or deposits, or causes to be pumped, discharged or deposited, into or on the waters of any lake or river or into or on tidal waters and flats, any crude petroleum or any of its products or any other oils or any bilge water or water from any receptacle containing any of the said substances, or any other matter or refuse, in such manner and to such extent as to be a pollution or contamination of said waters or flats or a nuisance or be injurious to the public health, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $25,000 for each day such violation occurs or continues; but this section shall not be construed to prohibit the use of oil for the extermination of mosquitoes or other insects. The provisions of this section shall be enforced by the department of state police and by all other officers authorized to make arrests.

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