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4 WalMart stores fined by state DEP

Improper storage of waste oil among listed violations

The Sturbridge Wal-Mart is one of four Central Massachusetts locations found to be in violation of the Department of Environmental Protectionís Hazardous Waste Management regulations. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
May 24, 2010
Four Central Massachusetts Wal-Mart stores have been identified by the State Department of Environmental Protection as in violation of Hazardous Waste Management regulations.

As a result of a series of 2009 inspections, DEP Public Affairs Director Edmund J. Coletta Jr. said stores in Sturbridge, North Oxford, Whitinsville and Lunenburg violated a number of regulations regarding the possession and storage of waste oil.

In response to the violations, Coletta said a fine of $8,000 has been levied against the corporation.

"Each of these stores has to be registered with Mass DEP because they generate hazardous waste and they also generate and collect waste oil," Coletta said. "There are certain rules and regulations you have to follow."

Coletta said the violations range from inadequate security of waste oil storage facilities to housing potentially hazardous, incompatible materials next to each other.

"Among the violations we saw when inspecting these four stores is you have to have an inspection log for every time you inspect the tanks that have these materials," which was not being kept at all locations, Coletta said. "Another one was you have to post areas where you're storing these tanks.

"There was also an issue with marking and labeling the tanks and containers, which was a problem."

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