For Immediate Release - January 22, 2014

MassDEP Penalizes Framingham Auto Sales $30,000 for Failing to Complete Petroleum Contamination Cleanup at its Facility

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized Framingham Auto Sales $30,000 for failure to complete the cleanup, or file a tier classification that gives a status on the cleanup at the company's 1200 Worcester Road facility in Framingham.  

The company owns the property where releases of heating oil and hydraulic oil to soil and groundwater were reported on February 16, 2012.  At that time, the company indicated the contamination was discovered during an assessment of its property and determined the condition resulted from historic releases around a former underground storage tank and the hydraulic lift.  

One year later, February 16, 2013, the company failed to file, as required, an initial site investigation and was issued a notice of noncompliance by MassDEP. In June, 2013, the company was notified again of its continued noncompliance and that it was now overdue in filing a final response action outcome, or a resolution completing an initial assessment of the site.    

"Framingham Auto Sales reported the spill on its property and was issued the notice of responsibility, which clearly establishes the need to meet the specified deadlines," said Eric Worrall, director of MassDEP's Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington. "Failure to meet deadlines is unacceptable because it delays necessary and important cleanup work from getting underway, and makes it more costly in the long run."

The company has agreed to conduct the required response actions and will pay $5,000 of the assessed penalty. MassDEP has suspended the remaining, $25,000 pending demonstrated compliance with the terms of the order.

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.