Woburn Demolition Disposal Company, New Hampshire Waste Hauling Company Pay $300,000 Over Illegal Dumping Claims
Portion of Payments to Help Fund Evaluation and Cleanup at the Battye Site in Methuen
BOSTON — A Woburn-based demolition disposal and abatement services firm and a New Hampshire-based waste hauling company have paid $300,000 to settle allegations of illegal dumping of construction and demolition waste at an unpermitted site in Methuen, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
According to the complaints filed against each company, along with consent judgments approved in Suffolk Superior Court, NASDI, LLC, of Woburn and Gigs LLC of Windham, New Hampshire, allegedly violated the state’s solid waste management laws by dumping more than 200 loads of concrete and other construction and demolition waste debris, much of which was hauled by Gigs for NASDI, at an unlawful dump site in Methuen between the fall of 2007 and the summer of 2008.
“Illegal dumping compromises the health and safety of the public and the environment and we will continue to take action against those who put them in danger,” AG Healey said. “We are pleased this settlement will help pay for the much-needed cleanup of this site.”
According to the complaints, Thomas Battye, the former owner of the Methuen dump site on Old Ferry Road, never applied for or received the site assignment from the Methuen Board of Health needed to operate a solid waste facility there, and did not receive the necessary solid waste management facility permit from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). Battye passed away in November 2015.
MassDEP inspections in 2008 revealed vast amounts of construction debris containing concrete and asphalt and other waste materials had been dumped at the site.
“Massachusetts has protective regulations concerning the proper disposal of solid waste,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “Violations will result in the state pursuing those cases with enforcement and penalties.”
Under the terms of the consent judgment with NASDI, the company paid the state $275,000 – with $265,000 of the total sum to be paid into a special fund established by the state to help with the cost of site evaluation and subsequent cleanup work at the Battye site – along with a $10,000 civil penalty. The consent judgment reached with Gigs required the company pay the state $25,000, with $20,000 to go to the fund for cleanup of the Battye site, along with a $5,000 civil penalty.
Battye was the subject of a separate action brought by the Commonwealth related to solid waste violations at the Methuen site. The AG’s Office is also pursuing claims against additional waste haulers and demolition contractors who dumped or contracted for solid waste disposal at the Battye site. In December 2013, Dynamic Waste Systems agreed to pay more than $93,000 to settle claims it illegally dumped multiple loads of construction and demolition waste at the Battye site. In April 2015, W.L. French Excavating Corp. paid $62,500 to settle claims that it illegally dumped multiple loads of construction and demolition waste there. Stockbridge Corp. and Mattuchio Construction Co. also agreed to pay as much as $50,000 and $72,000 respectively to the state to settle similar claims.
Assistant Attorney General Andrew Goldberg of AG Healey’s Environmental Protection Division handled the case, with assistance from MassDEP Environmental Analysts Mark Fairbrother, John MacAuley, Karen Golden-Smith, and Elizabeth Sabounjian, and MassDEP attorney Colleen McConnell, all from MassDEP’s Northeast Regional Office.