- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for Foxboro Company Assessed $20,000 Penalty by MassDEP for Violating Solid Waste and Air Pollution Regulations at Fitchburg-Westminster Landfill
Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has penalized Resource Control, Inc. of Foxboro $20,000 for violating solid waste and air pollution control regulations at the Fitchburg-Westminster Landfill, located in Westminster.
MassDEP inspected the Fitchburg-Westminster Landfill on three occasions in 2018 – November 29, December 13 and December 20 – and observed off-site odors and a failure to prevent leachate and contact stormwater from discharging to nearby groundwater resources.
In a negotiated consent order, Resource Control agreed to comply with the applicable solid waste and air pollution control regulations and pay the $20,000 penalty. To address off-site odors, the company is required to install a back-up flare for landfill gas treatment, and will pay for a qualified third-party odor consultant to set up a 24-hour complaint hotline and to respond to all odor complaints. The third-party odor consultant will provide the results of each odor complaint inspection directly to MassDEP. Resource Control will also take immediate actions to prevent discharges of leachate from the landfill to the environment.
“Operations at the landfill have caused odors in the surrounding neighborhoods in violation of the company’s operating permits,” said Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester. “The third-party odor consultant will investigate all odor complaints at the landfill and will report the results to MassDEP and Resource Control for appropriate response.”