Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc. and affiliate Murphy’s Waste Oil Service have agreed to pay $112,500 for transporting waste oil from unregistered facilities and submitting inaccurate reports to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
The companies will be required to take additional steps to ensure future compliance with environmental laws regulating the transportation of hazardous waste, announced Attorney General Martha Coakley.
“Hazardous wastes are handled in Massachusetts under a cradle-to-grave system that is only as good as those companies that accurately report the wastes under their control,” said Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in a September 20, 2013 statement to media.
“From generation to disposal, companies must do the right thing or our health and the environment are threatened. When they fail in their responsibilities, companies will face significant penalties,” Kimmell added.
Transporters of hazardous waste may only accept waste from facilities that have a valid identification number and must submit monthly operating reports that include detailed information for each shipment of hazardous waste.
According to the complaint, between April 2009 and December 2011, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection identified nearly 500 alleged instances where Clean Harbors and Murphy’s accepted hazardous waste from facilities that did not have valid identification numbers. The complaint also alleges that on numerous occasions the companies submitted inaccurate monthly reports that listed invalid identification numbers or identification numbers that did not correspond with those listed in filed manifests.
According to the settlement, the companies are also required to provide training to all current and future employees. The companies must institute penalties for drivers who unlawfully accept hazardous waste from unregistered facilities, including penalties up to $200, and report those violations.