- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for Shirley Company Fined $38,480 by MassDEP for Failure to Notify, Promptly Cleanup Hydraulic Oil Spill in Harvard
Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed a $38,480 penalty on a Shirley waste removal contractor after the company failed to promptly notify MassDEP of an oil spill in Harvard and failed to investigate and perform cleanup actions to address the issue in a timely manner. A Mitrano Removal Services vehicle released approximately 30 gallons of hydraulic oil during work at the Bromfield School in Harvard, as well as on the public way between the school site and the company offices nearby.
On May 22, 2017 at 6 a.m., a hydraulic line on the company truck ruptured and released oil to the school parking lot, and the oil flowed into a nearby catch basin. The truck driver drove the leaking truck back to the company office in Shirley without informing school officials or MassDEP, as required by law. A concerned citizen called the Harvard Fire Department approximately two hours later upon noticing the spill. MassDEP contacted the company after an investigation by the fire department identified them as the source of the oil release, and a contractor was hired to perform the cleanup.
In a consent order finalized with the company, MassDEP required that they provide training to employees concerning the notification and response action requirements in Massachusetts, sign a contract with an on-call cleanup contractor to ensure future compliance and rapid response, and pay the assessed penalty in full.
“Companies using commercial vehicles and heavy equipment must be aware of the requirements to notify MassDEP of hydraulic oil spills and take immediate action to clean them up,” said Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester. “Providing training for drivers and operators will emphasize the importance of prompt reporting when a spill does occur.”