Cahill's Tire Center in Oxford Assessed $10,222 Penalty for Violating Environmental Requirements
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) assessed a $10,222 penalty to Cahill's Tire Center, 33 Sutton Avenue in Oxford, for violating Industrial Wastewater, Underground Storage Tank and Hazardous Waste Management regulations.
During an inspection conducted by MassDEP personnel last March, it was determined that the company had discharged industrial wastewater to a floor drain leading to the ground, failed to have a leak detection system and cathodic protection for its Underground Storage Tank (UST), and failed to comply with several Hazardous Waste Management requirements.
A consent order with the company requires the proper closure of the floor drain, and removal of the UST within 60 days of the effective date of the order. The company will pay $2,000 of the assessed penalty, with the remainder suspended in consideration of the company's small business status and its willingness to hasten the removal of the UST. The balance of the penalty will remain suspended provided that there are no additional violations for a period of one year.
"All businesses, including small businesses, must properly manage the wastes they generate in order to prevent environmental contamination," said Lee Dillard Adams, director for MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "This company agreed to expedited timelines for returning to compliance."
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.