- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for MassDEP Assesses Penalty to North Oxford Tow-Truck Maintenance Facility
Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) today announced it has assessed a $5,091 penalty to Arnie’s 24-Hour Towing, Inc. for hazardous waste violations at 74 Southbridge Road in North Oxford where it operates a tow-truck maintenance facility.
MassDEP observed during an October 2019 inspection that the company violated accumulation time limits for the storage of waste oil and failed to properly manage the storage area for the 55-gallon drums of waste oil, including the labelling, siting and spacing of drums. Under the terms of the enforcement action, the company is required to bring the facility into compliance and pay the $5,091 penalty.
“Companies that generate waste oil must manage that waste appropriately,” said Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester. “It is particularly important to properly dispose of waste oil within the required time periods to reduce the risk of leaks and spills, which can contaminate soil and groundwater.”
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.