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 

$22,000

RESPONSIBLE PARTY

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

INJURED RESOURCES

Surface water, fisheries, aquatic resources

RESTORATION STATUS 

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).

Site History

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. 

North River and Surrounding Resources, Colrain, MA

Restoration Planning

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
Karen Pelto
617.292.5785
Karen.Pelto@state.ma.us