Spill too costly for firm
Owner says he cannot afford fuel cleanup
July 06, 2010
CHARLTON — The business responsible for a recent diesel and oil spill has told state officials he cannot afford to pay for the cleanup costs.
Charlton Welding & Repair Owner Larry McKissick II has claimed he lacks the money for the work, but has not yet filed required documentation to back up his assertion, according to state Department of Environmental Protection Spokesman Joe Ferson. McKissick has until Friday, July 23 to submit the paperwork, he said.
"DEP has activated its contractor to continue the cleanup in lieu of the responsible party," Ferson said of New England Disposal Technologies Inc., which is cleaning up the contaminated area around Cady Brook Condominium complex.
McKissick had been ordered to hire a licensed site professional, and later got Southbridge-based CMG Environmental to take over the effort.
In the meantime, the DEP will continue to foot the bill for the remedial work, but under state law, the agency is allowed to recover costs from a responsible party, and also seek "triple damages," Ferson said. So far, cleanup has cost more than $300,000, but Ferson could not issue an updated figure.
McKissick could not be reached for comment.
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