BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has penalized Savage Arms, Inc. $6,000 for violations of air quality, hazardous waste and industrial wastewater regulations at its facility located on Springdale Road in Westfield.
During a routine inspection of the facility in September 2013, MassDEP staff discovered violations that included failures to conduct a combustion efficiency test on a boiler, complete a hazardous waste determination, complete Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA) filing and reporting requirements, incorrect filing of a hazardous waste manifest and the discharge in excess of 50,000 gallons per day of industrial wastewater to the sewer system without a permit.
Once informed of the violations, Savage Arms fully cooperated with MassDEP’s investigation and quickly responded to correct the violations. As part of the settlement agreement, Savage Arms will pay $4,000 of the penalty and MassDEP agreed to suspend $2,000 of the penalty pending Savage’s compliance with the terms of the agreement.
“Hazardous Waste, Air Quality and Industrial Wastewater regulations require industry to conduct testing, monitoring, reporting and keep accurate records to ensure compliance and proper management,” said Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP’s Western Regional Office in Springfield. “We appreciate the immediate actions taken by the company to correct the violations and anticipate future diligence to result in continued compliance.”
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.