For Immediate Release - October 05, 2016

Two Worcester Companies Assessed $30,000 in Penalties for Waste Site Cleanup Violations at Grove Street Properties

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has issued a $30,000 penalty to 402 Grove Street Realty, LLC and Altab, Inc. for violating state oil and hazardous materials cleanup regulations at their properties at 400 and 402 Grove Street in Worcester. The site includes a two-story commercial building and a restaurant. MassDEP found that the property owners failed to conduct necessary assessment and indoor air monitoring at the site.

In April of 2013, MassDEP conducted an audit of the remediation work completed to date and found that the companies had failed to conduct assessment and monitoring to ensure groundwater contamination was controlled and vapors were not impacting indoor air in the buildings at the site. They also failed to submit required periodic status reports to MassDEP to verify that a vapor mitigation system was continuing to operate properly.

As part of a consent order, the companies must fully assess measures to control groundwater and indoor air contamination, and must further evaluate cleanup options. They must also pay $5,800 of the assessed penalty, with the remaining amount suspended as long as the companies meet their requirements and do not violate any other regulations for a year.  

"A Temporary Solution at a contaminated site requires continued monitoring, particularly where there is potential for actual human health exposure such as through indoor air," said MaryJude Pigsley, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "Site owners should also be examining other cleanup technologies for the site to ultimately achieve a Permanent Solution there."

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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