For Immediate Release - June 17, 2014

North Attleborough Commerce Center Penalized $17,215 for Violating Waste Site Cleanup Requirements at 21 East Street Property

Repeated notices of noncompliance sent by MassDEP to owner failed to garner response

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized North Attleborough Commerce Center (NACC) $17,215 for failure to submit status reports regarding the environmental cleanup of the former L.G. Balfour manufacturing site, located at 21 East Street.   

This 5.5-acre site is a former industrial property that was first listed as contaminated with solvents on July 15, 1993, primarily due to elevated levels of tetrachloroethane (PCE) and vinyl chloride. Significant cleanup work was undertaken by the NACC, which reduced the area of contamination so that a temporary solution was achieved on February 12, 2007. However, after February 2009, the NACC ceased submitting any of the required six-month status reports concerning ongoing cleanup work.  

When MassDEP failed to receive further status reports on the cleanup, NACC was notified that its authority to continue the cleanup operation was terminated, and a notice of noncompliance was issued on June 29, 2012.  

"A corporate owner that purchases a piece of property is keenly aware of their legal responsibility under Massachusetts General Laws covering the cleanup of that property," said Phil Weinberg, director of MassDEP's Southeastern Regional Office in Lakeville. "Having failed to complete the cleanup and by continuing to ignore MassDEP's notice of noncompliance, the owner has placed an unacceptable risk on the environment and public health."  

In addition to payment of a $17,215 penalty, the NACC has agreed to submit the scope of work for a comprehensive site assessment by July 29, 2014. By April 30, 2015, the owner must submit an analysis of the environmental risk at the site and the plan for cleaning it up. A permanent or a temporary solution for the site must be achieved by April 30, 2016.  

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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