For Immediate Release - May 23, 2013

Pilot Travels Centers LLC Assessed Penalty for Violations in Sturbridge

BOSTON - Pilot Travel Centers LLC of Knoxville, Tenn., has been assessed a $6,900 penalty by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to resolve violations of the Massachusetts Drinking Water regulations. The violations occurred at the company's registered public water system (PWS), which is located at the Pilot Travel Center on 400 Haynes Street (Route 15), in Sturbridge.

In response to a water treatment chemical overfeed incident at the Pilot Travel Centers PWS in December of 2011, which followed a power failure, MassDEP conducted an inspection of the facility and identified several operational and maintenance deficiencies that violate the Drinking Water regulations.

As a result of negotiations with MassDEP, Pilot Travel Centers has agreed to correct the violations, including upgrades to the treatment system and the distribution system infrastructure. The company also must install a remote notification auto-dialer to notify the PWS operator of an alarm condition within the facility, and update its emergency response plan.

"Maintaining the infrastructure of a public water system is essential in order to provide for proper operation of the facility," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "Ensuring proper operation of permitted facilities is an important component of MassDEP's mission to provide safe and pure water for the protection of public health and safety."

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.