Waltham-based Company Assessed $11,000 Penalty for Violating Waste Site Cleanup Requirements at Fitchburg Site
BOSTON - Parks Cramer Lofts, LLC of Waltham, the owner of a vacant, former industrial property at 68 Airport Road in Fitchburg, has been assessed an $11,000 penalty for failing to notify the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) of a release of hazardous materials within the timelines established under the Commonwealth's hazardous waste site cleanup regulations.
Soil samples collected on behalf of Parks Cramer Lofts in June 2011 identified chromium levels high enough to pose a potential risk to human health and that additional information was needed to evaluate the risk. The company failed to notify MassDEP of chromium contamination in the soil in a timely manner. Further soil testing performed for Parks Cramer Lofts revealed that the chromium did not pose a health hazard; however, the company failed to notify the abutting property owner of the results found on his property. Subsequently, in November 2012, the company conducted response actions on the property without submitting a required plan to MassDEP.
"Releases of oil and hazardous materials that could pose an imminent hazard give rise to requirements for notifications that must be made within specific timelines," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "Furthermore, plans for response actions must be submitted to MassDEP prior to any work being done - to enable the agency to carry out its oversight role and to provide affected and interested public parties with information about the cleanup."
Parks Cramer Lofts was required to pay the assessed penalty and submit updated reports outlining the cleanup actions performed on the site.
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.