For Immediate Release - January 27, 2014

Hadley Shopping Plaza Owner Penalized $24,430 for Environmental Violations, Must Complete Contaminant Cleanup Actions

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized E&A/I&G Campus Plaza Limited Partnership (E&A/I&G) $24,430 for violations of environmental regulations related to a release of contamination at the Campus Plaza Shopping Center at 454 Russell Street in Hadley. E&A/I&G was cited for failure to report a discharge of contaminated groundwater to an adjacent wetland, apply remedial additives in accordance with applicable regulations and adequately characterize the release.  

MassDEP staff conducted an audit of ongoing cleanup work being conducted following a historic release of tetrachloroethene (PCE) at the site. Staff determined that the recent injection of a remedial additive below the building resulted in an increase in contaminant concentrations in indoor air in a storage area within the site building; there was no immediate or long-term risk to site workers or visitors. The audit also revealed that contaminated groundwater was discharging through the property's storm water system to an adjacent wetland and, despite knowledge of this groundwater discharge, E&A/I&G failed to report the discharge as required by regulation.  Subsequent sampling of the wetland area did not identify impacts to the environment.  

E&A/I&G was ordered to complete changes to the storm water system to reduce potential migration of contaminated groundwater, changes to the remedial additive program including full time operation of the existing sub-slab vapor system to control any potential vapors that may result from any future application of the remedial additive, and further assessment of the extent of contamination.

The order also requires E&A/I&G to pay $15,000 of the assessed penalty; MassDEP has agreed to suspend the remaining $9,430 provided E&A/I&G remains in compliance with the order.

"While the application of remedial additives can effectively reduce site contamination, increased monitoring and controls are needed to ensure protection of the public health and environment," said Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP's Western Regional Office in Springfield. "We are pleased that through this agreement, E&A/I&G will be completing changes to the storm water system to reduce the potential for discharge of contaminated groundwater to the wetland."

The property is a commercial shopping center that includes a grocery store and other retail businesses and consists of one parcel of land, approximately 35.7 acres in area. The site previously included a dry cleaner at which a release of PCE occurred; PCE was commonly used in dry cleaning operations.

Assessment of the property indicated that residual contamination present at the site meets applicable standards, allowing the site's continued current use. E&A/I&G agreed to further remediate site contamination, which would eliminate the need for long-term monitoring and ensure site conditions remain acceptable for current uses. Proposed future cleanup actions include periodic application of a remedial additive to treat remaining solvents present in soil and groundwater, monitoring of site contaminants and reporting to MassDEP every six months.

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.