Truck co. fined for not reporting a fuel spill

When more than 10 gallons of diesel fuel is spilled, MassDEP must be notified as soon as possible

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – T.R. Stone Trucking, Inc., a Palmer-based trucking firm that has a facility in Springfield, has been fined $2,875 by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

MassDEP alleges the firm failed to notify the proper authorities after a diesel fuel spill in Springfield.

On Sept. 27th, 2014, the Springfield Fire Department notified MassDEP about the spill that ran off into a storm drain at the Irving Service Station at 11 Tapley St. in the city.

Surveillance video showed the T.R. Stone truck driver manipulating the diesel fuel nozzle so that it would run without a person operating the pump, then walked away. The nozzle fell out of the tank, spilling about 15 gallons of fuel.

In Massachusetts, when more than 10 gallons of diesel fuel is spilled, MassDEP must be notified as soon as possible. The operator of the service station, L.E. Belcher, Inc., cleaned the spill after contacting an environmental contractor.

“Timely notification of sudden oil releases is imperative to ensure cleanup as soon as possible. Fortunately, in this case, the station operator stepped up quickly to prevent further damage from the spill,” said Michael Gorski, Director of MassDEP’s Western Regional Offices in Springfield.

Following the spill, T.R. Stone re-trained its drivers on oil spill notification requirements and agreed to provide a revised spill reporting plan and documentation proving the company retrained its employees.

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