For Immediate Release - November 19, 2013

MassDEP Assesses $31,190 Penalty to the Barton Center in Charlton for Violations of Air Pollution Control and Solid Waste Requirements

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed $31,190 in penalties to the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc. for violations of state Air Pollution Control and Solid Waste regulations. The Barton Center operates Camp Joslin, an educational summer camp for boys with diabetes, at 150 Richardson Road in Charlton.  

In April 2012, the Charlton Fire Department observed a Barton Center employee burning construction and demolition material from a partially demolished building. MassDEP was called in and determined that the demolition materials contained asbestos. This waste-burning activity violated numerous asbestos requirements, as well as open burning and solid waste disposal regulations.

A consent order signed by the Barton Center requires the payment of $16,230 of the assessed penalty, as well as the payment of $14,960 to fund a Supplemental Environmental Project that will provide much-needed fire training equipment to the Charlton Fire Department. In addition, the Center will conduct surveys of all buildings that it owns to determine the presence of asbestos.

"The Barton Center took immediate steps to correct the violations, is now aware of its responsibilities and has trained personnel so that this will not happen in the future," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "The Supplemental Environmental Project that is part of this settlement will help the local fire department with its ongoing training regimen."

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.