BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced an $80,000 settlement Wednesday with a Stoughton-based oil company to resolve allegations of failure to use structurally-sound containers to transport petroleum-soaked solids.
Cyn Oil Corporation allegedly transported the solids in 20-yard-long roll-off containers to a rail yard in Allston. The company allegedly failed to use the Hazardous Waste Manifest System and did not properly transfer the containers to a rail transporter for out of state disposal. The containers were allegedly left in the rail yard, loosely covered with a tarp, without responsibility for the hazardous waste being passed on.
The containers leaked at least 35 gallons of hazardous waste oil into the ground while they sat in the rail yard.
A lawsuit filed with a consent judgment in Suffolk Superior County Court on Friday also alleges that Cyn Oil failed to take immediate action to address or to notify the Department of Environmental Protection of the oil leaks. The site has since been cleaned up by Cyn Oil, with the containers removed from the rail yard for disposal.
Under the terms of the settlement, Cyn Oil will pay $80,000 in civil penalties to the state, $30,000 of which will be waived if the company complies with all obligations of the consent judgment, including the inspection of all containers to check for structural integrity.