Press Release: 2019-05-15
South Lancaster Facility Assessed $9,620 Penalty by MassDEP for Violations of Hazardous Waste, Toxics Use Reduction Regulations
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed Bestway of New England, Inc. of South Lancaster a $9,620 penalty for violating the Massachusetts Hazardous Waste and Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) regulations at its facility located at 840 Sterling Road.
During inspections of Bestway’s lumber pressure-treating facility, MassDEP personnel observed that the company had failed to register its waste oil activity or to meet waste oil management requirements, including: marking and signing a waste oil accumulation area, properly labeling waste oil containers with their contents, and posting emergency response information. Inspectors also observed that the company had failed to complete a biennial, written plan addressing its toxic chemical usage, despite certifying that it had. The company’s general manager had signed the plan’s submitted summary as a certified planner, even though he was not.
Since the inspections of the Bestway facility in December, the company has corrected the hazardous waste violations and will address the TUR violations within the timelines of a consent order.
“Failure to properly manage hazardous waste and to plan for reducing the amount of toxics used at a facility puts the environment, the public and employees at undue risk of exposure,” said Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester.