For Immediate Release - September 18, 2013

Mace Polymers and Additives Assessed $16,316 in Penalties for Violating Environmental Requirements at Dudley Facility

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed $16,316 in penalties to Mace Polymers & Additives, Inc. of 38 Roberts Road in Dudley for violating Air Pollution Control, Hazardous Waste Management and Industrial Wastewater regulations. The company manufactures solvent-based and water-based products used in the flooring and textile industries.

During an inspection conducted early last year, MassDEP determined that the company failed to keep specified and accurate air quality records, failed to apply for and receive a new air quality permit for new equipment it had installed, failed to properly label and mark hazardous waste containers, stored hazardous waste for longer than allowable limits based on its notified status and discharged non-contact cooling water to the ground with a temperature in excess of the allowable limit.

In a negotiated settlement, the company agreed to comply with applicable regulations, install a water chiller system at its facility that will allow it to reuse the non-contact cooling water instead of discharging it to the environment, pay a $7,816 penalty and fund two Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP) valued at $8,500. Under the SEPs, the company was required to provide $5,000 to the Dudley Fire Department to fund a Household Hazardous Products Collection event and $3,500 to fund energy savings improvements to the town's Animal Shelter.  

"The company was found to be in violation of numerous environmental requirements," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester.  "The company has since corrected many of the violations and has agreed to enforceable timelines to resolve those that remain."  

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.