|Dufour Bus Co. Fined For Hazardous Waste Violations|
|Staff Reports, |
03:05PM / Friday, August 03, 2012
HINSDALE, Mass. — The state Department of Environmental Protection fined Dufour Escorted Tours $12,500 for a diesel fuel spill at their South Street facility.
According to MassDEP, the company failed to notify the state agency within two hours of becoming aware of a 10-gallon diesel fuel spill that occurred on June 17, 2011. The spill was caused during the fueling of a bus and was reported three days later. However, state law requires that MassDEP is notified as soon as possible.
On June 23, 2011, MassDEP inspected the facility and cited the company for numerous hazardous waste management violation including that Dufour was incorrectly registered with the state as a generator of waste oil, space heaters were burning waste oil without MassDEP notification and the company was allowing burning of pressure-treated wood and pallet in 55-gallon drums at the rear of the facility.
Since the inspection, Dufour has initiated steps to correct the violation, according to MassDEP, and they must not pay a $12,500 penalty and re-retain its personnel.
"MassDEP inspectors identified a significant number of violations at this facility following the reported spill," Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP’s Western Regional Office in Springfield, said in a press release. "We are encouraged that Dufour is correcting existing violations and has taken steps to maintain compliance with Massachusetts environmental regulations."
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.