For Immediate Release - July 26, 2013

MassDEP Assesses $30,000 Fine to Springfield Company for Violations of State Solid Waste Regulations

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has issued a penalty of $30,000 to F.P. McNamara Rubbish Removal, Inc., a subsidiary of Allied Waste Systems, Inc., for violations of solid waste regulations at its solid waste transfer station located at 44 Rose Street, Springfield.  McNamara has also agreed to implement corrective actions that will keep its operation in compliance with all regulations.

On four separate occasions in 2011, MassDEP conducted inspections at the Springfield facility and documented that regulated medical waste, co-mingled with solid waste, was received, handled and transferred at the facility. The facility is not permitted to accept, handle or transfer any regulated medical wastes.

Under the settlement with MassDEP, McNamara is required to cease the shredding of solid waste from medical facilities, properly manage all incoming solid waste at the facility in accordance with all Solid Waste and Public Health regulations, and to pay the $30,000 penalty.

"It is imperative that regulated medical wastes are carefully and properly handled and disposed of in accordance with all regulations," said Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP's Western Regional Office in Springfield. "These regulations protect public health and the environment as well as the employees at the solid waste handling facilities."

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.