WYOMING -- While investigating an oil spill in Hicks Creek last week, state Department of Environmental Protection officials found a nearby business to be in violation of the state‚??s Solid Waste Management Act.
DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly noted the violations found on the property of Bosco Inc. have not been linked to the oil leak that contaminated Hicks Creek and said that investigation is ongoing. She said that while crews were searching for the source of the petroleum that got into the creek last week, a DEP employee found leaking equipment and machinery on a property owned by Bosco Inc., off of Susquehanna Avenue, in Wyoming.
On Tuesday, DEP issued a compliance order against the trucking company that deals with recycled wire, rope and cable spools.
A message left with the company was not immediately returned.
Connolly said the company has agreed to the order, which requires five steps.
The first is that the company immediately address the leaks. Second, the company must excavate the contaminated soil and rocks on the property and store them in proper containers on site. Third, within 45 days the company must determine whether the material is hazardous and properly dispose of it at a facility that‚??s authorized to accept such waste.
Fourth, the company must provide proof within 50 days of today that it has properly disposed of the waste and finally, the company must provide details and documents that it complied with steps one through three.
Connolly said there is no proof that the leaking matter on the Bosco property is the same lubricating fluid that found its way into the creek.
Last week DEP had to place booms into Hicks Creek to try to contain a quarter-mile long oil spill and prevent it from reaching the Susquehanna River. DEP officials spanned out to investigate local businesses and properties to try to determine where the leak might be coming from.
‚??We‚??re not saying they‚??re the responsible party,‚?Ě Connolly said. ‚??We‚??re saying that while we were investigating the Hicks Creek incident, we found something wrong on their property that must be immediately addressed.‚?Ě