For Immediate Release - June 25, 2014

Sunco, Inc. in Easton Penalized $18,172 for Air Quality and Hazardous Waste Management Violations

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized Sunco, Inc. $18,172 for air quality and hazardous waste management violations at its place of business on 35 Eastman Street in Easton.

The facility registered with MassDEP as a small quantity generator of waste oil and hazardous waste on July 1, 2012. However, when MassDEP inspected the facility on January 9, 2014, the facility was found to be generating large amounts of hazardous waste and had failed to seek approval for three manual spray booths and one automated spray booth, which utilize acetone for cleaning purposes. Sunco also failed to label a satellite container as containing waste acetone and paint, another violation.  

"This facility clearly had a responsibility to seek approval prior to the installation of its spray booths, but did not, and further violated state regulations by generating more hazardous waste than it claimed," said Phil Weinberg, director of MassDEP's Southeast Regional Office in Lakeville. "MassDEP took action to ensure that the facility's acetone emissions are limited under best management practices."

In addition to the penalty, Sunco has agreed to immediately limit usage of acetone, maintain accurate records of waste generation, properly label all waste containers and schedule a scoping session with MassDEP to determine the necessary steps for proper approval of the spray booths.  Sunco subsequently changed its registration status of hazardous waste from "small quantity" to "large quantity" generator after MassDEP notified the company of the violation.

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.