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Mass. AG announces $112,500 agreement with waste transport company

By Bryan Cohen | Sep 23, 2013

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced a $112,500 agreement Friday with a Norwell waste transportation company and its affiliate to resolve allegations of transporting waste oil from unregistered facilities.

Clean Harbors Environmental Services Inc. and its affiliate, the Woburn-based Murphy's Waste Oil Service, allegedly transported hazardous waste from facilities that did not first receive valid identification numbers. Clean Harbors and Murphy's also allegedly submitted inaccurate electronic monthly operating reports to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection related to the transportation of waste.

"We allege that these companies violated environmental laws by accepting and transporting hazardous waste from unregistered facilities," Coakley said. "This resolution imposes a civil penalty for those actions and also requires that these companies be more proactive in ensuring that facilities they accept waste from are registered."

Under the terms of a settlement agreement, Clean Harbors and Murphy's will pay a civil penalty of $112,500 to the state. The companies must pay $75,000 within 15 days of the final settlement. The remaining $37,500 will be suspended pending the companies' compliance with environmental laws as outlined in the settlement.

Clean Harbors and Murphy's must also take steps to make sure they only accept waste from registered facilities, provide training to all current and future employees, institute penalties for drivers who unlawfully accept hazardous waste from unregistered facilities and make sure that all monthly reports are complete and accurate.

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