For Immediate Release - September 16, 2013

United-County Industries of Millbury Assessed $4,330 Penalty for Violating Hazardous Waste and Toxics Use Reduction Act Requirements

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed $4,330 in penalties to United-County Industries Corp., which operates a metal heat-treating company at 32 Howe Avenue in Millbury, for violating Hazardous Waste Management and Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) regulations.

During a routine inspection conducted in October 2012, MassDEP personnel observed that the company generated hazardous waste in excess of its registered generator status, failed to properly label and mark hazardous waste containers, failed to submit accurate data in its TURA Reports, and failed to complete a TURA Plan Update.

In a negotiated consent order, the company will pay $1,083 of the assessed penalty to the Commonwealth and expend an additional $3,247 toward a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP). The SEP will promote environmental education and awareness; the company will hire a contractor to contact other Hazardous Waste generators and provide training to them on the appropriate regulations and how to stay in compliance with state regulations.  

"Companies that generate hazardous wastes have an important responsibility to know and follow the management standards that are required as a result of creating these wastes," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "The Supplemental Environmental Project will help many small businesses do a better job with their compliance responsibilities."   

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.