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Westfield company fined for air quality violations

Date: 6/22/2010

June 23, 2010.

By Katelyn Gendron

Reminder Assistant Editor

WESTFIELD -- The Massachu-setts Department of Environ-mental Protection (MassDEP) cracked down on Sullivan Westfield Properties Group LLC for violating the air pollution control laws and regulations.

The company's South Broad Street location was operating two boilers without an air quality permit; nor did they file for source registration with MassDEP or complete the required annual testing, according to Catherine Skiba, regional spokesperson for MassDEP in Springfield.

"Significant sources of air pollution must be registered and permitted," Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP's Western Regional Office, said. "Routine testing and reporting is required to ensure continual compliance with Massachusetts' environmental laws and regulations."

Sullivan Westfield Properties Group was initially fined $3,450 for the aforementioned violations; however, the company's timely action to correct the matters prompted MassDEP to waive $1,450 "pending compliance with the terms and conditions of the consent order," according to Skiba.

The company is only required to pay $2,000 in fines.

"They're in compliance now," Skiba assured.

When asked if the boilers were releasing any toxic particulates into the air, she replied, "They were not in violation of exceeding any air standards."

According to MassDEP, the region's air quality index is classified as "moderate," the second best rating on the five-point scale. The moderate designation is defined as having "acceptable" air quality; "however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors."

Sullivan Westfield Properties Group LLC could not be reached for comment by press time.