- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for MassDEP Penalizes Developer $22,500 for Improper Removal of Contaminated Soil at Cambridge Site
Joseph Ferson, Public Affairs Office
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has penalized 300 Putnam Ave LLC $22,500 for violations involving the removal of soil in May 2018 from a development site without prior notification. The company initially conducted an assessment in April 2016, prior to purchasing the Cambridge property at 300 Putnam Avenue, and removed the soil improperly in 2018.
The 2016 assessment recommended additional evaluation to identify the source of volatile organic compounds found at the site. However, the company, after purchasing the property on June 2, 2016, thereafter removed 1,200 cubic yards of soil without providing notification. In October of 2018, laboratory tests indicated that soil stockpiled on the site contained lead and the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) above reportable concentrations.
“The initial assessment clearly indicated the need for further evaluation to identify whether contamination was present,” said Eric Worrall, director of MassDEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington. “This is a basic requirement that should have been followed to ensure protection of public health and the environment.”
The company notified MassDEP on November 2, 2018 of the measures it had taken. By failing to notify MassDEP of the release and by failing to submit a release abatement measure plan for approval prior to conducting remedial actions, the company failed to meet state requirements.
The company has subsequently provided documentation through a bill-of-lading that the contaminated soil removed from the site was transported to a hazardous waste landfill in Rochester, N.H. Under the terms of the agreement with MassDEP, 300 Putnam Ave LLC will pay $12,000 and the remaining $10,500 will be suspended pending continued compliance with state regulations.