DEP Fines Safety-Kleen Systems in Salisbury for Hazardous Waste,  Underground Storage Tank Violations

Company Works to Address Violations and Bring Facility Back into Compliance


BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has penalized Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc., in Salisbury (a Wisconsin-based company), $75,575 for environmental violations found during routine inspections of the company’s licensed hazardous waste treatment storage and disposal facility at 90 Rabbit Road in Salisbury.

“MassDEP will strictly enforce the regulations pertaining to the safe and proper management of hazardous waste facilities in order to protect public safety and the environment,” said Eric Worrall, director of MassDEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington.  

The hazardous waste violations found during the May and June 2017 inspections included: the leak-detection system sump sensor was not installed properly; the spill bucket was not in good operating condition; personnel had not been properly trained; hazardous waste containers were not properly marked as stipulated in the applicable regulations; and, certain records were incomplete or not available when requested. In addition, the underground storage tank spill bucket and tank-top sump had accumulated liquid in them.

After the violations were brought to the attention of Safety-Kleen, the company corrected the physical components and provided MassDEP with documentation demonstrating that equipment repairs had been made, the labelling was corrected and a commitment to training and record-keeping was in place.

Under the terms of the consent order, Safety-Kleen will pay $60,375 of the penalty and $13,200 will be suspended provided there are no further violations over the next year.  

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.