BP Reservoir Place in Waltham Penalized $11,500 for Failure to Report a Large Release of Diesel Fuel MassDEP Inspects Trapelo Road Site
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized BP Reservoir Place, LLC, of Waltham, $11,500 for failing to report an estimated 100-gallon diesel fuel spill on July 28, 2012 that occurred during the re-fueling of an emergency generator. A contractor working for the real estate investment trust located at 1601 Trapelo Road noted the spill. Workers then took steps to prevent the fuel from reaching the storm drain, but failed to report the spill to MassDEP within two hours, as required.
Three days later, on July 31, 2012, an anonymous report to the National Response Center (NRC), alerted MassDEP of the release. MassDEP inspected the site later that day, where the property manager indicated the release was initially believed to be approximately five gallons, but would ultimately be revised upwards to approximately 100 gallons, based on investigation of records and interviews with the cleanup workers.
"The failure to report this spill is inexcusable," said Eric Worrall, director of MassDEP's Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington. "The company that caused this spill had a clear responsibility to report these releases to ensure the protection of public health and safety, and that impacts to the environment were adequately addressed."
BP Reservoir Place has agreed to submit to MassDEP within 45 days an oil-and-hazardous material release reporting and response plan that will subsequently be utilized by the company to train its employees on the reporting of spills, on conducting spill cleanup and on the need to document compliance.
MassDEP has agreed to suspend $6,500 of the penalty provided the company meets the requirements and has no further violations over the next year.
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.