East Boston Auto Repair Shop Owner Ordered to Clean Up Hazardous and Solid Waste Impacting Vital Wetlands
Owner to Pay More Than $170,000 for Multiple Environmental Violations
BOSTON – The owner of an auto repair business in East Boston has been ordered to clean up petroleum contamination and solid waste impacting vital state-owned wetlands adjacent to his property and pay more than $170,000 to the Commonwealth, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
Manuele Scata, owner of D & M Auto Doctor in East Boston, had previously signed consent orders with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) in 2005 and 2006, agreeing to clean up the petroleum contamination on his property at 1181 Bennington St., but failed to perform any meaningful work under either of these orders. Scata’s property borders the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, Boston’s last remaining salt marsh, which is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
“By failing to meet his commitments to the MassDEP time and again, the property owner has put the public at serious risk due to the contamination on his property,” AG Coakley said. “We are pleased that the court has officially ordered him to eliminate the contamination that is impacting this valuable natural resource.”
“With this decision, the court has sent a clear message that property owners cannot ignore their environmental cleanup responsibilities,” said MassDEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell. “We look forward to the site finally being properly cleaned up.”
According to the final judgment, issued on Nov. 15 at Suffolk Superior Court, Scata has been ordered to remediate the gasoline-contaminated soil and groundwater contamination on his property, remove construction and demolition debris that was dumped in the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, pay $170,000 in civil penalties to the Commonwealth, and close to $10,000 in fees and costs.
During an inspection of the property in 2010, MassDEP discovered construction and demolition debris located in the wetlands. The investigations also revealed hazardous waste storage violations at the property.
In May, the AG’s Office filed suit on behalf of MassDEP, seeking civil penalties and reimbursement for costs incurred and fees owed to them, as well as an order requiring Scata to clean up his property and comply with hazardous waste storage laws, but Scata did not respond or comply.
In addition to entering the final judgment, the court specifically found that Scata also violated the Wetlands Protection Act, the Solid Waste Management Act, and the Hazardous Waste Management Act.
Assistant Attorneys General Tracy Triplett and John Beling from Attorney General Coakley’s Environmental Protection Division are handling this case, with assistance from MassDEP attorney Jennifer Davis, and Financial Investigator Amanda George of the Civil Investigations Division, along with Timothy Dame of MassDEP's Environmental Strike Force, MassDEP attorney Gail McCarthy and Karen Stromberg of MassDEP's Northeast Regional Office.