State DEP Penalizes Acton Firm

January 28, 2019
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ACTON -- Acton Research Corp. has been penalized $8,280 by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection after “potentially jeopardizing” the health of its workers, public and environment, according to the state.

The company violated the state’s Hazardous Waste and Groundwater Discharge Permit Program.

During a MassDEP inspection last year of the company’s optical lens manufacturing facility located at 15 Discovery Way in Acton, state inspectors noticed that the company had exceeded the time limit for storing hazardous waste and failed to comply with hazardous waste container labeling, weekly inspection, and accurate manifest requirements.

Acton Research was also discharging laboratory rinse waters to a septic system without a groundwater discharge permit.

The company has since corrected the violations.

MassDEP assessed the $8,280 penalty in a recently finalized consent order. Acton Research will pay $2,070 of the penalty, and in lieu of paying the remaining amount, the company will conduct a Supplemental Environmental Project at a cost of $6,210. Under the SEP, the company will purchase a cabinet that will help to dry-out the coats, boots, gloves and other gear for the Acton Fire Department.

“By not disposing of hazardous waste promptly and discharging contaminants to a septic system, the company potentially jeopardized the health of its workers, the public and the environment,” Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester. “However, the company has demonstrated good faith by correcting the violations, and the equipment purchased for the Acton Fire Department will enhance the safety of firefighters responding to hazardous material incidents.”

A woman who answered the telephone at the firm Monday said “We’re all set” before hanging up.