- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for Holyoke Country Club Fined $15,425 for Air Pollution Control, Hazardous Waste and Underground Storage Tank Violations
Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has levied a penalty of $15,425 against ESHCC, LLC, located in Holyoke and doing business as Holyoke Country Club, for violating air pollution control, hazardous waste and underground storage tank regulations.
As a result of multiple MassDEP inspections, it was determined that the country club failed to install the required vapor recovery system on an underground gasoline storage tank in violation of air quality regulations and failed to comply with hazardous waste management requirements. Additionally, ESHCC failed to maintain its underground storage tank system components, failed to perform Third Party inspections, and failed to maintain records and logs in violation of underground storage tank regulations. MassDEP previously required ESHCC to correct these violations and issued a penalty; ESHCC failed to comply with these requirements and failed to pay the penalty.
As a result, MassDEP has issued a Penalty Assessment Notice in the amount of $15,425 for the violations and the failure to act and a Unilateral Administrative Order requiring the country club to correct the violations.
In addition to the above enforcement actions, MassDEP has issued a Delivery Prohibition Order prohibiting delivery of regulated substances (gasoline) to the underground storage tank until ESHCC demonstrates compliance with the regulations.
“Facility operators must understand and recognize the importance of operating in compliance with the Massachusetts environmental laws and regulations to protect public health and safety and to avoid assessment of penalties,” said Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP’s Western Regional Office in Springfield. “This is especially true when they have been subjected to previous enforcement actions and have failed to comply with or respond to those enforcement actions.”