For Immediate Release - March 28, 2017

MassDEP Penalizes Kwik Lube N Tune $17,820 for Groundwater Discharge and Hazardous Waste Management Violations in Swansea

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has penalized Kwik Lube N Tune Inc. $17,820 for environmental violations related to a drywell located at its facility in Swansea. The company operated an automotive repair/service facility at 537 Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Highway, from which MassDEP received notification of a possible release of oil on December 22, 2014.  

MassDEP found during an inspection that a drywell was located adjacent to the main building structure and its use constituted violations of groundwater discharge regulations, as well as the underground injection control regulations.  

Kwik Lube N Tune Inc. contends the drywall was in place when the property was purchased in 1994, but the company undertook actions to have the entire drywell structure removed and replaced with clean backfill.

"The Commonwealth's environmental regulations for drywells are in place to protect public health due to the potential threat to groundwater and soil contamination, and to ensure the proper management of waste oil and hazardous material," said Millie Garcia-Serrano, director of MassDEP's Southeast Regional Office in Lakeville. "The owners have a responsibility to not only protect public resource areas, but ensure the proper management of waste oil."  

The company will pay the entire $17,820 penalty with monthly payments of $1,272.86 over the next 14 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.

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