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Agency of Natural Resources Admits Violations

CONTACT: Scot L. Kline Kyle H. Landis-Marinello, Assistant Attorney General , (802) 828-3171

January 21, 2014

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation has agreed to pay $12,000 in civil penalties and $6,000 to fund a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) under a proposed Final Judgment Order entered into with the Vermont Attorney General’s Office to settle claims that the Agency’s R.A. LaRosa Environmental Laboratory (the Lab) failed to make a hazardous waste determination prior to shipment, and failed to timely investigate and report on a hazardous waste shipment. “Like all other laboratories, the Agency is accountable for its non-compliance with environmental laws,” said Attorney General William H. Sorrell. “However, to its credit, the Agency self-reported these violations to our Office, cooperated fully with our investigation, and took responsibility for the incident,” Sorrell added.

In the proposed Final Judgment Order filed with the Washington Superior Court, Civil Division, the Agency admits to 3 violations of Vermont’s hazardous waste management rules. The violations were documented in a March 2013 Exception Report that the Lab sent to the Agency’s Waste Management & Prevention Division and the Attorney General’s Office.

The SEP payment is intended to create a fund managed by the Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust to conduct audits at Vermont school laboratories and to provide grants to Vermont schools to improve school laboratory safety. Pleadings by Agreement, a Stipulation for the Entry of Final Judgment Order, and a proposed Final Judgment Order have been filed with the Washington Civil Division, and the settlement is subject to approval by that Court.

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