- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - State authorities say the owner of a Danvers property has agreed to pay nearly $400,000 to settle allegations that he failed to clean soil at a former tannery contaminated with arsenic and dioxin.

The consent judgment entered Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court requires owner Nicholas Decoulos to continue maintaining fencing and warning signs around the most contaminated areas of the property to notify the public of the potential hazards.

The property was formerly the Creese and Cook Tannery, a leather tanning and finishing operation. Solid wastes from the manufacturing process were disposed of in two onsite landfills. According to the complaint, Decoulos violated state hazardous waste law by refusing to secure the most dangerous sections of the property, which were being accessed by trespassers.

Decoulos could not be reached.