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Charlton Welding and Repair Spill

Charlton Welding and Repair Spill

On June 11, 2010, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass. DEP) notified the National Response Center (NRC) and EPA New England about a Number 2 oil spill from an unidentified source in Charlton, Mass. Initially, a Cady Brook Condominium complex resident notified the Charlton Fire Department (CFD) that a strong odor was emanating from the incident area. The fire department responded and noticed what appeared to be oil creating a heavy sheen in the area flowing into the nearby brook and wetland area. The fire department deployed sorbent pads and booms and notified the Mass. DEP, which sent a cleanup contractor to carry out oil recovery operations. Both the DEP and CFD followed the source upstream and discovered Charlton Welding and Repair Inc. to be the source of the spill. It was thought at first that the source was the owner's 250 gallon saddle tank; however, DEP subsequently determined that the facility owner's 7000 gallon tanker wagon used to fuel equipment and vehicles on site was the source of the release. According to the facility owner, someone had vandalized his property around 7:00 p.m. on June 11, when two valves in the tank were opened, and the oil traveled across the parking lot into a drainage swale that is connected to a culvert under Route 20. From here, the oil flowed to a slow moving wetland area and into a tributary of Cady Brook. DEP's containment boom, sorbent boom and pads, its skimming operations and other removal and containment tactics are preventing No. 2 oil from reaching Cady Brook proper.

Location: Charlton, MA
Start date: 06/11/2010
End date: 12/31/2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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