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S. Deerfield trucking company fined by DEP

DEERFIELD — Local trucking company Henry C. Kocot & Sons Inc. has been fined $3,000 by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection after it was found to be in violation of a number of hazardous waste paperwork rules and wastewater disposal rules.

The violations included failures to maintain waste oil records for the oil generated and burned in a small space heater and to register as a “very small quantity” generator of hazardous waste. According to documents provided by the DEP, the company had failed to hang a “waste oil” sign and to keep records that the oil was being burned and not accumulated on-site.

Additionally, the DEP said the company failed to register its 1,500-gallon industrial wastewater holding tank and to prevent discharge of wastewater from truck washing into a nearby stream, which inspectors witnessed on the day of the inspection.

“We found paperwork violations and failures to register small quantities of hazardous waste,” said Catherine Skiba, a DEP spokesperson. “They weren’t keeping proper paper records.”

According to Skiba, the company said it did not know that it was in violation of the regulations, but immediately addressed them once they had been brought to its attention.

As part of a settlement reached with the DEP, the company agreed to pay $1,000 and bring itself into full compliance with the regulations. According to Skiba, the other $2,000 of the fine will be suspended as long as the company remains in compliance with the regulations.

“They were very cooperative and complied with several of the regulations immediately,” said Skiba. “They were given several other terms as part of the agreement, and they’re working to comply with those.”

Representatives from Henry C. Kocot & Sons Inc. could not be reached for comment by press time.

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