LOCATION OF INJURY
North River in Colrain, MA
DATE OF INJURY
September 3, 1999
DATE AND AMOUNT OF SETTLEMENT
2003 at $30,000
NRD SETTLEMENT FUNDS AVAILABLE
Normand Simard Transport, Inc. and Somavrac, Inc.
NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES
MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
RELEASE OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES
Spill of approximately 700 gallons of sulfuric acid into the North River
Surface water, fisheries, aquatic resources
Restoration planning is ongoing
Colrain NRD Case Settlement
In 2003, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reached a settlement agreement with operator of the tank truck, Normand Simard Transport, Inc., and the company that supplied the chemical tank, Somavrav, Inc., for a total of $150,000. As natural resource Trustee, EEA recovered $30,000.
Natural Resource Trustees
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is the sole natural resource Trustee for the Colrain Acid Spill).
On September 3, 1999, a truck driver from Somavrac, Inc trucking company arrived at the BBA Nonwovens facility in Colrain with a delivery of concentrated sulfuric acid. During delivery, acid was released to the pavement and flowed through a storm water gate valve along a drainage channel into the BBA tailrace. Approximately 670 gallons of sulfuric acid was released at an approximate weight of 10,000 pounds into the North River. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection responded to oversee the implementation of an Immediate Response Action to neutralize the low pH conditions.
Injured Natural Resources
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) responded to assess the impact to aquatic resources and establish the downstream endpoint of the fish-kill. The DFW concluded that fish, amphibians and aquatic invertebrates were affected for 2.6 miles downstream of the spill. They observed and documented thousands of dead and dying fish, including anadromous and resident species such as rainbow trout, brown trout, Atlantic salmon, smallmouth bass, American eel, common shiner, dace, white sucker and darter. They also observed distressed fish as evidenced by the absence of normal avoidance behavior.
Restoration planning is ongoing. Preliminary alternatives have been identified in consultation with EEA agencies and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The Public's Role
Once a Restoration Plan is drafted, it will be made available for public review and comment.
Colrain NRD Trustee Contacts
MA Department of Environmental Protection