ADAMS -- Company representatives for Specialty Minerals report "no issues" with a fuel oil tank responsible for a June 20 leak that bled an estimated 150 gallons of fuel oil into the company's wastewater system.
Richard B. Honey, Vice President of Corporate Communications with Mineral Technologies Inc., says the spill was dealt with quickly.
"The leak occurred as a result of an electrical float valve malfunction," Honey said. "The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were called immediately, as were two licensed professional environmental firms specializing in oil spill cleanup."
Weeks after the spill, Honey said MassDEP, EPA and the other environmental firms remain satisfied with the state of fuel tanks at the factory.
"A week or so later MassDEP came back to review the spill and our containment plans and found no issues," Honey said. "We're still not exactly sure of the root cause but it was highly unusual."
Specialty Minerals manufactures precipitated calcium carbonate and ground calcium carbonate. Mineral Technologies Inc., of New York City, owns the factory, which employs over 150.
-- Phil Demers