For Immediate Release - October 18, 2016

MassDEP Penalizes Tree Service Company in Orange $7,590 for Failing to Provide Notification of a Diesel Fuel Spill

BOSTON - Tracy Gleason of Spanky's Tree Service in Orange has been penalized $7,590 by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) for failing to notify MassDEP of an estimated 20-gallon diesel fuel spill that occurred on East Main Street in Orange.

On December 3, 2015, the Orange Fire Department notified MassDEP that a spill of diesel fuel occurred at a gasoline station facility parking lot on 25 East Main Street, Orange and on roadways in the vicinity of the facility. At the time of the call, the party who caused the release was unknown. MassDEP personnel responded and determined that a release of diesel fuel, likely up to 20 gallons, had occurred. MassDEP provided oversight of the cleanup of impacted paved surfaces by an emergency response cleanup contractor; the cleanup was completed that day.

Based upon an investigation, including video security footage, MassDEP determined that the release emanated from the bed of a pickup truck operated by Tracy Gleason. The video footage also indicated that Mr. Gleason was aware of the spill. Mr. Gleason failed to notify the Town of Orange's public safety agencies or MassDEP of the spill. Massachusetts regulations require that MassDEP be notified as soon as possible, but in no case greater than two hours after a responsible party becomes aware of a spill of fuel exceeding 10 gallons.

MassDEP made numerous attempts to contact Mr. Gleason in order to resolve the violation through a negotiated settlement, but was unsuccessful.

"Mr. Gleason did not provide notification to the appropriate agencies, including MassDEP, and left the scene of the spill," said Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP's Western Regional Office in Springfield. "Furthermore, he failed to respond to numerous attempts to resolve this matter, resulting in the issuance of this penalty."

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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