For Immediate Release - September 29, 2017

MassDEP Penalizes Dennis K. Burke Inc. $8,000 for Violations Following a Diesel Fuel Spill at a Medway Site

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized Dennis K. Burke, Inc. of Taunton $8,000 for environmental violations related to a spill of diesel fuel to 71 Main Street in Medway. An employee of Dennis K. Burke failed to take immediate action to clean up the oil, to notify MassDEP and to properly manage remediation waste generated during subsequent attempt to clean up the spill.

In addition to agreeing to pay the penalty of $8,000, Dennis K. Burke, Inc. will provide 18 free oil tanker spill training sessions for local municipal fire departments as part of a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP).

Dennis K. Burke, Inc. admitted to delivering, in error, a supply of diesel fuel to this gasoline station site where they had not ordered the delivery, and that the delivery resulted in an overflow and sudden release of approximately 190 gallons of diesel fuel to the pavement and soil. At the time of the spill, the company informed the gas station attendant that a spill of a minor amount had occurred and had been cleaned up.

Two days later, the employee of Dennis K. Burke, Inc. returned to perform some additional cleanup work, which generated diesel-contaminated remediation waste. Due to persistent odors, the gas station then notified Medway Fire Department and MassDEP of the spill. The delivery company was unable to document where the previously generated diesel-contaminated absorbent material had been disposed. MassDEP required Dennis K. Burke, Inc. to excavate and properly dispose of the remaining diesel-contaminated soil.    

"For public health and safety reasons, it is imperative for those employees of companies that transport and deliver supplies of petroleum, that they be properly trained as to when to promptly notify MassDEP, as well as any other appropriate actions in the event of an oil spill," said Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "The company will re-train its employees in spill notification requirements and provide valuable free training to local fire departments who respond to spills."

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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