For Immediate Release - April 23, 2014

Greenfield Shell Gasoline Station Owner and Operator Fined $10,000 for Spill that Impacted Local Brook

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has penalized the owner and the operator of the Shell gasoline station at 100 Mohawk Trail in Greenfield $10,000 for violations discovered after a significant release of gasoline. Lipton, Inc. of Pittsfield is the operator of the self-service gasoline station and the Estate of Helen Mackin is the owner of the station.

In September 2012, MassDEP personnel responded to a report from the Greenfield Fire Department of gasoline discovered in the storm drainage system and a small brook adjacent the Shell station on the Mohawk Trail. It was determined that the gasoline leaked from failed piping apparatus beneath one of the station dispensers. Lipton and Mackin retained contractors to repair the dispenser piping, recover the gasoline and eliminate the discharge of gasoline to the storm drainage system and brook.

During the initial response on September 30 and October 1, 2012, MassDEP determined that Lipton and Mackin were not maintaining the underground storage tank system in accordance with Massachusetts regulations. Violations identified included failure to ensure that the containment sumps were completely sealed to prevent release of gasoline to the environment; this failure was the direct cause of the discharge of gasoline to the brook.

On March 26, 2013, MassDEP staff conducted a comprehensive inspection of the underground storage tank system. That review determined that several violations that existed in September 2012 were still ongoing. Additional violations of the underground storage tank regulations were also identified.

MassDEP entered into an agreement with both parties to resolve noncompliance related to the release, and to correct outstanding violations. Mackin has continued to complete the remediation of gasoline-contaminated soil and groundwater at the site, and is currently in compliance with MassDEP's waste site cleanup regulations.

Lipton agreed to pay a penalty of $3,000, correct outstanding violations and certify to MassDEP that all violations have been corrected. Mackin agreed to pay a $7,000 penalty for the discharge of gasoline to the surface water.

"Conducting the required inspection and maintenance of underground petroleum storage tank systems is critical to preventing releases from occurring," said Michael Gorski, Director of MassDEP's Western Regional Office in Springfield. "While MassDEP is pleased that Lipton and Mackin have aggressively worked to clean up the gasoline that was released, vigilance could have prevented the significant release of gasoline and impacts to the brook."

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.