Minnesota Company Assessed $6,000 Penalty for Failing to Meet Oil Spill Cleanup Requirements at Millis Residence
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed a $6,000 penalty to Consumer Solutions REO, LLC of Minnesota, for failing to perform waste site cleanup actions at the residential property located at 25 Myrtle Street in Millis. An estimated 100 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the basement and through cracks in the floor to underlying soil due to vandalism of an indoor tank and piping.
The spill was discovered in May 2009 by the Middlesex County Sheriff's Department, which was delivering an eviction notice to site. Upon notification to MassDEP, the agent for Consumer Solutions, David Oliveri of Prudential Lenmar Realty, was required to immediately clean up the oil in the basement and sample indoor air, the residential drinking water well, and surface water from the Charles River, located approximately 40 feet from the home.
Following remediation of the spill, a cleanup closure report was submitted to MassDEP in May 2010. After audit of the closure report, MassDEP found that the cleanup requirements had not been followed, and potential exposure to contamination had not been evaluated. A consent order assessed the $6,000 penalty, and following additional assessment of soil, drinking water, and indoor air, Consumer Solutions has submitted a revised cleanup closure report that meets all of MassDEP's requirements.
"Residences are particularly sensitive, with more stringent cleanup requirements to ensure a safe living environment," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "Consumer Solutions has rectified the earlier shortcomings of the clean up."
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.