DEP enforcement actions for February
The following is a selection of state Department of Environmental Protection actions in the region for February, the most recent period for which reports are available.
TRAIN LANDFILL STAFF, SOUTH HADLEY, Feb. 26, 28: Conducted waste-ban training to third-party independent professionals on the waste disposal ban compliance. These sessions were for staff at the South Hadley Landfill and third-party waste ban compliance professionals at the Covanta Haverhill municipal waste combustion facility, respectively. Third-party professionals are hired by facility operators to perform the additional waste load monitoring to meet the regulatory requirements for earning Class II Renewable Energy Credits.
SOLID WASTE VIOLATIONS, SOUTH HADLEY, Feb. 25: Issued a $3,450 penalty notice to South Hadley Landfill LLC for solid waste violations . The DEP found the landfill was in violation for daily cover observed Feb. 22.
WATER SYSTEM VIOLATIONS, DEERFIELD, Feb. 21: Issued a unilateral order to Woolman Hill Inc. for public water system violations at its facility in Deerfield. Woolman Hill is the operator of the Woolman Conference Center. The DEP determined the operator addressed a bypass of its ultraviolet light treatment. A representative for the water system notified the agency and reported that the valve had since been closed and bacteria results were clean. A valve had been opened allowing both untreated and treated water to enter the distribution system. The order requires disabling and severing of the bypass and issuing a public notice to users of the system.
WATER SYSTEM VIOLATIONS, GRANBY, Feb. 20: Entered into a consent order with Inter-All Corp., Granby, for water supply violations . The company has agreed to address repeated exceedances of the maximum contaminant level for total coliform at its facility in Granby. The order includes future response and investigation requirements. Inter-All has since been listed as inactive. Should the facility be reactivated as a public water system in the next 12 months, the order will remain in effect.
VAPOR RECOVERY VIOLATIONS, NORTHAMPTON, Feb. 13: Entered into a consent order with a $900 penalty involving Double R Variety Inc. to address vapor recovery system violations at its gasoline dispensing facility in Northampton. Double R Variety Inc., doing business as Jim’s Variety & Package Store, will resolve the violation. The agency found that the company had not filed its annual in-use compliance certification form. As part of the order, the company will pay the $900 penalty and pay $400 representing the avoided annual compliance fees that would have been payable the last two years.
Compiled by Larry Parnass