- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for Reliable Electroplating, Inc. Penalized, Required to Upgrade Onsite Industrial Wastewater Treatment System
Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) today announced it has assessed a $13,123 penalty to Reliable Electroplating, Inc. of Norton in response to violations related to the treatment of hazardous waste at its 304 West Main Street facility. The facility utilized evaporation as a process to treat some hazardous waste streams generated by its electroplating operations without obtaining a license for utilizing that treatment in its onsite industrial wastewater system.
MassDEP identified the violations based on site inspections conducted in 2018 and subsequent review of records during 2019. At the time of inspection, the facility failed to accurately identify waste generated by the plating activity as hazardous, specifically the ion exchange regeneration waste, spent acid and caustic cleaning baths, and the rinses from precious metal plating lines.
“The facility has recognized the importance of complying with applicable permit requirements and, as such, has agreed to complete a redesign of its industrial wastewater treatment system in order to address the violations,” said Millie Garcia-Serrano, Director of MassDEP’s Southeast Regional Office in Lakeville. “When the redesign is implemented, the facility will meet all Massachusetts laws, regulations and requirements.”
In addition to paying the penalty, Reliable Electroplating will submit a plan to MassDEP for its approval, prepared by a Massachusetts registered professional engineer, that details the changes. Additionally, the company will complete the installation of its redesigned onsite industrial wastewater system within 10 months of MassDEP’s plan approval.
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.