LOCATION OF INJURY

Mystic River in Medford, MA

DATE OF INJURY

1996

DATE AND AMOUNT OF SETTLEMENT

1999 at $26,801.976

NRD SETTLEMENT FUNDS AVAILABLE

$10,800

RESPONSIBLE PARTY

Lawrence Memorial Hospital/Hallmark Health System

NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES

MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

RELEASE OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES

Spill of #6 fuel oil into the Mystic River

INJURED RESOURCES

Surface water and recreational uses

RESTORATION STATUS

Restoration planning is ongoing

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

U.S. EPA Mystic River Initiative

Mystic River NRD Case Settlement

In 1999, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reached a settlement agreement with Hallmark Health System for a total of $26,801.97.

Natural Resource Trustees

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is the sole natural resource Trustee for the Mystic River Oil Spill.

Site History

In the spring of 1996, a leaking underground fuel tank system released # 6 fuel oil into a local storm drain, discharging oil into the Mystic River over the course of several months.

Injured Natural Resources

  • Surface waters (Mystic River)
  • Recreational uses (boating)

Restoration Planning

Restoration planning is ongoing. EEA is an active participant in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mystic River Initiative. In 2007, EPA's New England regional office launched a collaborative effort with the communities along the Mystic River, together with local environmental organizations, to address water quality issues in the Mystic Watershed.

The Public's Role

Ongoing consultation with municipalities, non-profit organizations, community groups and others participating in the EPA Mystic River Initiative will help EEA identify potential restoration projects. A Draft Restoration Plan will be made available for public comment.

Mystic River NRD Trustee Contacts

MA Department of Environmental Protection
Karen Pelto
617.292.5785
Karen.Pelto@state.ma.us


This information is provided by the Massachusetts Natural Damages Assessment and Restoration.