Company fined for dumping waste into storm drain

BOSTON, Mass. (MassDEP) – LS Property Maintenance, Inc. of Chicopee has been assessed a $5,750 penalty by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) for discharging waste floor-finishing solution to a storm drain at an Easthampton commercial property.

On July 2, 2014, MassDEP was notified of the discharge of waste floor-finishing solution to the storm drainage system at the Rite Aid pharmacy at 32 Union Street in Easthampton. Notification was provided by Overland Supply Company, which had retained LS Property Maintenance, Inc. as a subcontractor to clean and re-finish floors at the Rite Aid site.

MassDEP personnel responded to the site and observed the presence of a milky white substance in two storm drains in the parking lot. An employee of Rite Aid had observed the discharge that morning while inspecting the area. Based on information provide during the investigation, MassDEP’s determined that an employee of LS Property Maintenance, Inc. had discharged the waste floor-finishing solution into the drains while working at the site overnight. MassDEP personnel provided oversight of cleanup activities, including the vacuuming of floor-finishing waste and impacted storm water from the drainage system.

“MassDEP continues to focus on preventing adverse impacts to surface waters.” said Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP’s Western Regional Office in Springfield. “Companies performing cleaning and maintenance activities must appropriately manage and dispose of the wastes they generate.”

Discharges of floor-finishing waste to surface waters violate the Massachusetts Clean Water Act. In order to resolve the violation, LS Property Maintenance, Inc. was issued the $5,750 penalty, but MassDEP agreed to suspend $4,750 of the penalty provided that LS Property Maintenance, Inc. re-trains its employees on appropriate management of wastes generated during cleaning activities.

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.

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