For Immediate Release - February 03, 2017

Illinois Company Assessed $32,000 Penalty for Violating Cleanup Regulations Following Diesel Fuel Spill in Douglas

Illinois Company Assessed $32,000 Penalty for Violating Cleanup Regulations Following Diesel Fuel Spill in Douglas

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) assessed a $32,000 penalty against Atlas SN, Inc. of Illinois for violating oil and hazardous materials cleanup regulations for a diesel fuel release at 81 Main Street in Douglas.

The spill of more than 10 gallons occurred in April of 2014 from a truck owned by the company. At the time, MassDEP informed company officials that they needed to clean up the spill and file the proper reports and permits to address the spill situation. Over the next two years, the company failed to submit the required documents to MassDEP, including those that showed what was done to remediate the spill and whether the site was now cleaned up and closed out.

Despite negotiations with representatives of the trucking company, MassDEP was unable to reach an agreement with the company and the penalty of $32,000 was instituted.

"Businesses operating within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must provide all necessary documents and submittals to MassDEP until and including a demonstration of no significant risk to public health, safety, welfare and the environment from a reported oil release is achieved," said MaryJude 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."

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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