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Oil company to pay state $50k to $80k for alleged oil leak at Allston rail yard

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  January 23, 2013 01:37 PM

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A local oil company will pay the state between $50,000 and $80,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that the company did not properly secure, transfer and dispose of petroleum-soaked materials, which led at least 35 gallons of oil to leak onto the ground at the Allston rail yard, officials announced Wednesday.

The state Attorney General’s office and the Department of Environmental Protection filed the lawsuit against Cyn Oil Corporation in Suffolk Superior Court on Friday.

The complaint alleged that the Stoughton-based company brought corroded containers into the rail yard in Allston during 2010, according to state officials. Inside those 20-yard long containers were petroleum-soaked solid materials.

Instead of properly transferring the containers for out-of-state disposal, the company abandoned them at the rail yard, where at least 35 gallons of hazardous waste oil leaked from the containers that had been “loosely covered” with a tarp, state officials said.

The alleged leaks occurred once in May 2010 and again in September of that year, state officials said.

The lawsuit also alleged that the company did not immediately notify the state environmental protection officials about the leaked oil.

The company has since cleaned the site and removed the containers from the rail yard for disposal, state officials said. Company officials could not immediately be reached for comment for this article.

Cyn Oil has agreed to pay the state $80,000 in civil penalties, officials said. But, $30,000 of that amount would be waived if the company complies with the settlement’s requirements, which include inspecting the structural integrity of all of the company’s containers.

“Transportation of hazardous materials must be done in containers that do not leak hazardous materials onto the road or elsewhere where they could threaten public health and safety,” said a statement from Kenneth Kimmell, commissioner of the state’s environmental protection department.

“Hazardous waste laws also require thorough records showing any transfer of the manifest, so that every party responsible for the proper management of that waste at any given time is always identified,” he said.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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