MassDEP Issues Penalty to Cretecrew Concrete Services for Waste Site Cleanup Violations
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced it has assessed a $31,000 penalty to Cretecrew Concrete Services, Inc., a concrete foundation company based in Westfield, for failing to complete cleanup of a hydraulic oil spill that occurred at a construction site in Chicopee.
On Sept. 20, 2019, the Chicopee Fire Department notified MassDEP regarding the spill of up to 15 gallons of hydraulic oil associated with the failure of a hydraulic hose on a concrete form truck owned and operated by Cretecrew. The spill occurred at a construction site at 114 McKinstry Avenue in Chicopee.
MassDEP staff inspected the site that day and confirmed that a reportable spill of hydraulic fluid to the environment had occurred. Massachusetts regulations require that spills of more than 10 gallons be reported to MassDEP and that immediate cleanup be undertaken. MassDEP staff spoke with Cretecrew on that date to advise of the necessary cleanup.
"MassDEP made numerous attempts to assist Cretecrew Concrete Services in complying with Massachusetts waste site cleanup regulations," Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP’s Western Regional Office in Springfield said. "MassDEP will continue to ensure that parties responsible for oil spills undertake all required cleanup actions."
Although Cretecrew personnel initially took some action to contain and clean up the spill, Cretecrew failed to submit a notification form and a cleanup plan or closure statement for the spill. Cretecrew also failed to submit the documentation within deadlines set forth in a Notice of Noncompliance issued on Dec. 17, 2019, that extended the timeframes for Cretecrew to submit the reports.
On Feb. 18, 2020, MassDEP issued an order in a final attempt to compel Cretecrew to comply with the necessary requirements. Cretecrew failed to respond to any attempts by MassDEP staff to contact the company and failed to contact MassDEP after receiving documents issued by MassDEP.
MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.