For Immediate Release - June 21, 2017

Charlton Company Assessed $46,400 Penalty for Violation of Waste Site Cleanup Regulations at Former Charlton Woolen Mill

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed a $46,400 penalty against B&K Development Corp. of Charlton for violating oil and hazardous materials cleanup regulations following reported hazardous materials releases at the former Charlton Woolen Mill, 12 South Sturbridge St., in Charlton.

Over a number of years, the corporation failed to conduct an Immediate Response Action to address historic groundwater contamination and to submit required documentation to MassDEP, including Immediate Response Action Status Reports and a Tier Classification Submittal or Permanent Solution Statement. MassDEP has also issued a unilateral administrative order requiring B&K Development to demonstrate that there is no significant risk from the reported releases of metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons at the site.

"Businesses operating within the Commonwealth must provide all necessary documents and submittals to MassDEP until a demonstration of no significant risk to public health, safety, welfare and the environment are present from a reported release of oil or hazardous material," said Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "They are obligated to do so by the deadlines in the regulations in the interest of public health, safety, welfare and the environment."

As part of the order, the company must submit to MassDEP a status report on any cleanup actions taken at the site or submit a report that outlines that the site cleanup has been completed and a permanent solution to the issues there has been implemented.

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.

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