For Immediate Release - August 19, 2013

MassDEP Penalizes Signature Breads $8,625 for Installing Large Tunnel Oven at Chelsea Facility Prior to Approval

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized Signature Breads of Chelsea $8,625 for violations of the state's air pollution control regulations by commencing the installation of a new tunnel oven that has the potential to emit 10 or more tons per year of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) without prior written approval. Prior approval for the installation of this oven is necessary to ensure that its emissions are properly controlled or reduced.    

Signature Breads operates a large commercial bakery at 100 Justin Drive in Chelsea and submitted an application to MassDEP on May 17, 2013 to install its new oven. MassDEP began a review of the application, inspected the facility on June 24, 2013, and found installation of the oven had already begun, which is a violation of state regulations.  

"The installation of the oven was done without first having undergone a review and plan approval, which are required to ensure that an oven like this will be fully compliant with all air emission standards," said Eric Worrall, acting director of MassDEP's Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington. "What made this action particularly egregious was the fact that MassDEP had previously counseled Signature representatives that installation of the oven could not commence until we had issued a written approval to the facility to do so."  

Signature Breads has agreed to pay the full penalty and to comply with all applicable regulations going forward. MassDEP has since issued the requisite written approval, allowing for completion of the installation and operation of the tunnel oven.  

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.