- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Joseph Ferson, Public Affairs Office
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized Triumvirate Environmental $101,000 for response actions it initiated following a January 5, 2016 release from a 55-gallon tank of the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) at the company’s Lowell facility. Triumvirate is a licensed hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility (TSDF) located at 263 Howard Street in Lowell.
Triumvirate staff unloaded a punctured hazardous waste container of TCE while off-loading a vehicle, causing a release to the environment. Triumvirate staff notified MassDEP of the release, but the facility failed to obtain written permission prior to resuming its TSDF operations and failed to inspect the waste containers on this particular transportation vehicle prior to unloading.
“Triumvirate has a responsibility as a licensed hazardous waste TSDF to properly train its staff to adequately manage its waste deliveries and address spill requirements in the event of a release incident,” said Eric Worrall, director of MassDEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington. “Ensuring public safety and protecting critical environmental resources is of utmost importance and needs to be a top priority.”
In addition to the release incident, a subsequent inspection by MassDEP on September 15, 2016 observed incompatible hazardous waste containers being stored next to each other without any means of physical separation. Triumvirate has agreed to correct all the violations and will pay $52,000 of the penalty, with the remaining $49,000 suspended provided the company corrects all the violations and remains in compliance for two years.
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.