DEP Fines Maine Company For Hydraulic Fluid Spill In Pittsfield

Staff ReportsPrint Story | Email Story

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state has fined a Maine Company for spilling hydraulic fluid on East Street.

The Department of Environmental Protection has fined North Woods Contracting $2,000 for not notifying the state until hours after spilling about 20 gallons of hydraulic fluid.

According to DEP, the spill occurred at about 7:30 a.m. on May 29 when a hose ruptured on a truck-mounted crane that was loading telephone poles at the Verizon facility at 1899 East Street. The fluid impacted the paved surfaces near the crane.

The company took steps to control the spill and retained a contractor to help clean it.

However, it wasn't until 1 p.m. that day when the company notified the state, which was well past the two hour window the company is allowed by law for a spill of that size.

The spill was cleaned and documentation was submitted to DEP.

For the delay in notification, the company is re-training its personnel for responses in Massachusetts and will pay $2,000.

"Prompt notification to MassDEP ensures that all proper steps are taken to immediately and completely address a release to the environment," said Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP’s Western Regional Office in Springfield, in a prepared statement issued Wednesday. "We appreciate that North Woods arranged for prompt cleanup of the spill, and will be re-training its employees on spill response to prevent this type of violation from occurring in the future."

1 Comments
iBerkshires.com welcomes critical, respectful dialogue; please keep comments focused on the issues and not on personalities. Profanity, obscenity, racist language and harassment are not allowed. iBerkshires reserves the right to ban commenters or remove commenting on any article at any time. Concerns may be sent to info@iberkshires.com.

iBerkshires.com Text Ads

MCLA Summer

Each year, MCLA designs summer course offerings for both traditional and non-traditional students

www.mcla.edu

IMAGINE

Greylock Federal Credit Union. Opportunity Grows Here!

https:

Landscaping On A Budget?

Landscape Design, Installation, and Bulk Products. Whitney's Farm Market Cheshire, MA (413)442-4749

www.whitneysfarm.com

Support Local News

We show up at hurricanes, budget meetings, high school games, accidents, fires and community events. We show up at celebrations and tragedies and everything in between. We show up so our readers can learn about pivotal events that affect their communities and their lives.

How important is local news to you? You can support independent, unbiased journalism and help iBerkshires grow for as a little as the cost of a cup of coffee a week.

Recent Stories

<MORE>

BerkshireCoupons.com

<MORE>