- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for Acton Research Corp. Assessed $8,280 Penalty by MassDEP for Hazardous Waste and Discharge Permit Violations at its Acton Facility
Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has issued an $8,280 penalty to Acton Research Corporation for violating the Massachusetts Hazardous Waste and Groundwater Discharge Permit Program regulations at its facility located at 15 Discovery Way, Acton.
During an inspection of the company’s optical lens manufacturing facility in February 2018, MassDEP personnel observed that the company had exceeded the time limit for storing hazardous waste and failed to comply with hazardous waste container labeling, weekly inspection, and accurate manifest requirements. Acton Research was also discharging laboratory rinse waters to a septic system without a groundwater discharge permit. The company has since corrected the violations.
MassDEP assessed the $8,280 penalty in a recently finalized consent order. Acton Research will pay $2,070 of the penalty, and in lieu of paying the remaining amount, the company will conduct a Supplemental Environmental Project at a cost of $6,210. Under the SEP, the company will purchase a cabinet that will help to dry-out the coats, boots, gloves and other gear for the Acton Fire Department.
“By not disposing of hazardous waste promptly and discharging contaminants to a septic system, the company potentially jeopardized the health of its workers, the public and the environment,” said Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester. “However, the company has demonstrated good faith by correcting the violations, and the equipment purchased for the Acton Fire Department will enhance the safety of firefighters responding to hazardous material incidents.”