FRANKLIN — A local transportation firm has been fined by the state for a fuel spill last year.
The state Department of Environmental Protection said it has fined Regency Transportation $13,000 for violating the oil spill notification and response regulations following a spill of diesel fuel at its Kenwood Circle facility in July 2019.
Brown Bear Transportation of Springfield had delivered a load of diesel fuel to Regency, resulting in an accidental overfill of a 12,000-gallon fuel storage tank and a release of fuel to the pavement and ground surrounding the tank. An 8,000-gallon delivery was added to 4,500 gallons already in the tank, resulting in a spill of more than 200 gallons, DEP said.
However, the companies initially estimated the spill at just 6 to 8 gallons and failed to notify MassDEP of the release until the following day, despite a requirement to notify the agency of such a spill within two hours. The diesel fuel was eventually cleaned up, DEP added.
Brown Bear Transportation was fined $15,000, which includes a requirement to perform a supplemental environmental project amounting to $10,000, in which the company will sponsor oil spill training seminars with local fire departments and first responders in Franklin and in the Worcester area.