Ludlow co. fined for spill while fixing sidewalks

GREENFIELD — A Ludlow company that was hired by the town to repair sidewalks on Conway Street last year has been fined by the state for an oil spill it simply covered with dirt while it was working.

Borges Construction Inc. was doing roadway and sidewalk improvements as part of the town’s Community Development Block Grant neighborhood improvement project when on May 24, 2013, it failed to report a hydraulic oil spill near 232 Conway St.

Greenfield Fire Department discovered the spill and reported it to DEP, because a spill of 10 or more gallons must be reported within two hours of it happening, according to state law.

Once such an incident is reported, a DEP-approved cleanup must happen.

According to DEP, if the spill had not been discovered, a sidewalk would have been built over it, leaving contaminated soil beneath.

The state agency said the spill was caused by a failed hose on an excavator and fined Borges, which could not be reached for comment on Friday, $23,285. The agency said it will suspend $6,285 of the fine if Borges complies with its requirements.

Those requirements include cleanup, which Borges did last year, and the retraining of its employees concerning state requirements for petroleum spills.

According to town officials who were involved with the project, including town Grants Administrator Alice Connelley, Borges did a good job on the project. Connelley said the project received praise from neighbors who have been waiting for the improvements to their street and sidewalks.

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