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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:22

Harr Motor Group Fined $17K for Worcester, MA, Pollution

Written by Thomas Grillo, Worcester Business Journal
Harr Motor Group Fined $17K for Worcester, MA, Pollution Worcester Business Journal file photo

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has fined Harr Motor Co. for violating the air pollution and hazardous waste regulations at two Worcester, MA, facilities.

Following a complaint of smoke and odor at its auto body shop on Glennie Street, MassDEP inspectors reported one of the company’s waste oil space heaters was malfunctioning and causing air pollution in the neighborhood.

 

Additionally, the company failed to have state and local fire department approvals for the space heaters at the repair shop and at its dealership on Gold Star Boulevard.

 

The company was illegally transporting waste oil without a license between two of their facilities, DEP said. Under a consent order, Harr agreed to pay a $17,021 penalty and corrected the violations.

 

Mark Saraceno, the company's fixed operations director, did not return a call seeking comment.

 

Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester, said waste oil is considered hazardous waste and must be managed in accordance with regulations to prevent impacts to the environment and human health.

 

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

 

We thank Worcester Business Journal for reprint permission.

 

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