BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) has announced the Connecticut Light and Power Company will pay
$47,000 after allegations it violated federal regulations in its management of
a transformer that spilled 50 gallons of oil containing PCBs at a location in
The spill purportedly happened at the home of a client of
the power company. The transformer was owned by the power company, which does
business in the area as Eversource Energy.
Specific violations include allowing the PCB to spill out
onto the concrete pad and soil, letting the transformer be stored for disposal
for more than 30 days, and failing to dispose of it within a year of the date
it was determined to be a waste. The transformer was allegedly vandalized in
Afterward, Eversource took the transformer offline but
purportedly did not remove it for more than a year. In early 2016 it was said to be
vandalized again. During this time the spill occurred. An estimated 50 gallons
of oil with a PCB concentration of 318 parts per million was released, the EPA said.
"The toxic substances law is in place to make sure the
public and the environment are protected from the potential damage of chemicals
such as PCBs," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New
Eversource has since cleaned up the area, disposing of the
PCB-contaminated transformer and affected soil and concrete.