New York Trucking Company to Pay $325,000 After Failing to Pay Hazardous Waste Transport Fees
Company Allegedly Failed to Submit Reports to Comply with Hazardous Waste Transport Regulations
BOSTON – A New York based trucking company has agreed to pay $325,000 to settle claims that it failed to pay the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) fees covering the costs of handling and transporting oil and other hazardous wastes within the Commonwealth, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
“Ensuring public safety is an important part of doing business in Massachusetts,” AG Coakley said. “These fees help to pay for emergency services that protect the public from dangerous hazardous waste contamination and we are pleased that this settlement will bring money back to the Commonwealth.”
“Companies that transport hazardous wastes in the Commonwealth are required to regularly report the volume and types of wastes that they transport to ensure that these materials are properly handled and disposed of,” MassDEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell said. “Most companies do the right thing by filing reports and paying the required fees. Those that cut corners and skirt our environmental regulations will face strict enforcement action.”
The state’s Hazardous Waste Management Act requires all hazardous waste transporters to pay quarterly transporter fees based on the quantity of hazardous waste transported. The fees are collected to ensure safe transport of the wastes.
According to the consent judgment, entered in Suffolk Superior Court, Price Trucking Company failed to pay more than $191,000 in hazardous waste transporter fees to the MassDEP in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Price also allegedly failed to submit reports tracking the volume of transported hazardous waste between July 2009 and January 2010, exposing it to up to $175,000 in penalties.
The AG’s Office filed a complaint against the company in November 2011. According to the lawsuit, Price Trucking fell behind in its quarterly hazardous waste transporter fee payments in late 2008 and continued to fail to make the required payments. As a result, MassDEP suspended Price Trucking’s transporter license in January 2010. The license has since expired and Price Trucking no longer operates as a hazardous waste transporter in Massachusetts.
Assistant Attorneys General Tracy Triplett and John Beling from Attorney General Coakley’s Environmental Protection Division are handling this case, with assistance from MassDEP attorneys Christine Ayers and Rhonda Russian, along with Kristin LaCroix, Debra Thomas and Annette Molyneaux from MassDEP's Boston Office.