For Immediate Release - August 08, 2014

Lanesborough Trash Hauler Fined $18,370 for Environmental Violations at his Property

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has penalized Jeff C. Wilbur, a Lanesborough trash hauler, $18,370 for violations of the Commonwealth's solid waste and air quality regulations. The violations occurred at Wilbur's 558 North Main Street residence.

During 2011 and 2012, MassDEP conducted several inspections of Mr. Wilbur's property. MassDEP observed numerous dumpsters containing household garbage, demolition debris, computers, televisions, furniture, as well as uncontained discarded waste material strewn about the property. MassDEP also observed smoldering burn piles of solid waste and demolition debris.

In May 2012, MassDEP ordered Mr. Wilbur to cease and desist the illegal dumping and open burning and to remove the solid waste from the property. Although Mr. Wilbur did remove some of the material from the property after the order, he continued to bring more solid waste to the property and conducted additional open burning.

MassDEP has also issued a Unilateral Administrative Order to Richard Wilbur, the property owner, for the continuing violations. The order requires Mr. Wilbur to clean-up the property and to not allow illegal dumping and open burning at his property in the future.

"We have given Mr. Jeff Wilbur numerous opportunities and ample time to correct the violations. Solid waste must be managed in compliance with Massachusetts environmental laws and regulations," said Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP's Western Regional Office in Springfield.

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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