- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for Soil Reclamation Facility in Rutland Assessed $8,500 Penalty by MassDEP for Violating Solid Waste Regulations
Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs
BOSTON — The owners and operator of a soil reclamation facility at Jordan Farm in Rutland have been assessed an $8,500 penalty by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) for violating solid waste regulations. Brian H. Jordan, Randy E. Jordan, and Lighthouse Environmental Management, LLC, reached a settlement with MassDEP for failing to operate the soil reclamation facility in accordance with a prior consent order.
In August 2015, the Jordans and Lighthouse entered into a consent order with MassDEP to manage the importation of approximately 200,000 tons of soil at Jordan Farm. The order set forth various requirements for the testing and reporting of soil being imported to the farm. An audit of documentation and an inspection by MassDEP identified violations of the consent order’s requirements for independent third-party inspections, timely submittal of reports, and groundwater monitoring.
As a result of the settlement, the Jordans and Lighthouse have agreed to additional testing and reporting requirements. In lieu of paying the assessed penalty of $8,500, Lighthouse will conduct a supplemental environmental project for the Town of Rutland by providing $12,500 worth of in-kind services to the Department of Public Works by crushing stockpiled rubble and rock to be used as a base for a new town library parking lot.
“Soil reclamation facilities provide an important opportunity to allow soil that does not contain reportable levels of contaminants to be managed appropriately,” said Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester. “Inspections and reporting are essential for ensuring these facilities are operating properly.”