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DATE: April 23, 2009
CONTACT: Melanie Doiron (603) 271-2927

State Orders Motor Vehicle Salvage Yards to Comply with Environmental Rules

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) recently issued Administrative Orders to two motor vehicle salvage yards (MVSY) for their failure to comply with environmental rules and regulations. The orders were issued to Bob Bryant’s Wrecker Service, Center Conway and Fitchburg Road Auto, Greenville. The orders alleged violations of the New Hampshire Oil Remediation Rules, Groundwater Protection Rules, Solid Waste Rules and Hazardous Waste Rules that occurred at the Center Conway and Greenville facilities.

Bob Bryant’s Wrecker Service and Fitchburg Road Auto handle and store regulated fluids. These facilities also manage greasy oily parts, automotive batteries, refrigerants and tires. The orders list the alleged violations and the actions required by the responsible parties to fulfill the requirements of the order. Violations include failure to do the following: properly manage regulated fluids such as oil, gas, and antifreeze; have the proper spill control and containment equipment; prevent the discharge or spillage of oil; notify DES of a discharge of oil; perform a site investigation following an oil discharge; obtain required state permits; and properly manage tires. The violations or failure to comply with the order can result in administrative fines, civil penalties, and criminal penalties.

The owners and operators of these types of facilities are required to comply with all applicable environmental regulations, including the Auto Salvage Yard Best Management Practices established by Department of Environmental Services. The DES Motor Vehicle Salvage Yard Environmental Compliance Manual & Self-Audit Checklist (“Checklist”) is available on DES’s website www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swmb/tsei/greenyards

DES Commissioner Tom Burack said, “Motor vehicle salvage yards provide an important service that we all depend on. The quality of their work is critical to protecting our environment, pubic health, and safety. DES is committed to assuring motor vehicle salvage yards comply with requirements to protect our water, air, and soil from becoming contaminated”.

For information on the orders issued and on requirements to operate a MVSY contact Melanie Doiron at mealnie.doiron@des.nh.gov , and visit the DES website www.des.nh.gov/sw/GreenYards/.

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