DEP enforcement orders for May
The following is a selection of state Department of Environmental Protection consent orders for May, the most recent period for which reports are available:
• WATER ANALYSIS, Hadley, May 23: Executed a consent order with the town of Hadley’s Department of Public Works to address a repeat failure to submit timely analysis of repeat drinking water samples for analysis for enterococcus (bacteria) following a positive result for total coliform bacteria at this groundwater system. The system collected the samples within the required time period; however, the system failed to have them properly analyzed due to incorrect labeling in the chain of custody.
• WATER TANK, Greenfield, May 23: Executed a consent order with the town of Greenfield’s Department of Public Works to address the historic Caisson Well operated by the town. The well had been repurposed as a surge tank for a surface water supply. However, it was recently determined that groundwater infiltrates the well and can be pumped as a groundwater source when the surface water feed is shut down. The order provides requirements for use while the system completes permitting for the well as a water source.
• SITE CLEANUP VIOLATIONS, Westfield, May 14: Executed a consent order with a $3,750 penalty involving Leonard E. Belcher Inc. for waste site cleanup violations in Westfield. Belcher is the owner and operator of self-service gasoline stations and convenience store locations in the Springfield area. Belcher failed to notify the DEP within two hours of a sudden release of diesel fuel in his Westfield facility Nov. 16. Belcher has agreed to pay the penalty, re-train his employees on responding to releases of oil and hazardous materials and prepare a spill response training video for employees. The video will be made available for use by other companies on the Belcher website and through social media outlets. If that happens, the DEP has agreed to suspend all but $1,000 of the penalty.
— Compiled by Larry Parnass