For Immediate Release - February 15, 2017

Wood Trucking Corp. of Peabody Agrees to Restore Impacted Wetlands Resource Area and Pay $8,500 Penalty for Violations

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized Wood Trucking Corporation $8,500 for violations of the Wetlands Protection Act at its 27R Farm Avenue facility in Peabody. Wood Trucking operates a recycling and composting operation, which includes the processing and storage of asphalt pavement, concrete rubble, compost and wood chips.

The company will retain the services of a wetlands scientist to oversee a project to restore Bordering Vegetated Wetlands (BVW) and ensure that it is stable and has functioning plant growth and vigor.

The violations occurred in late October 2016 after a storm event caused a large quantity of raw fill material that had been stockpiled near a stormwater swale to be eroded into a BVW. impacting approximately 700 square feet. Wood Trucking failed to have the proper erosion controls in place or take other preventive measures.

“The unprotected stockpiling of soil near a wetlands resource area has the potential to erode very quickly when inclement weather arrives, and this facility failed to provide some basic preventive measures that they should have known were necessary,” said Eric Worrall, director of MassDEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington.

Wood Trucking subsequently removed the fill, installed erosion control fencing and pulled the toe of the fill pile back from the BVW and installed cement barriers around a portion of the perimeter. The restoration of this area, however, will be overseen and monitored during the growing season ending on October 31, 2017.        

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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