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Court Holds Junkyard Owner Liable For Violations And Orders Clean-Up Of Property

CONTACT: Paul Brierre, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3186

April 15, 2010

The Windsor County Superior Court has held John Hennessey of Chester, Vermont liable in an environmental enforcement case brought by the Vermont Attorney General’s Office for operating an unlicensed junkyard and for violating the state’s Solid Waste Management Rules and Hazardous Waste Management Regulations. The Court issued a permanent injunction prohibiting Hennessey from accepting and storing additional junk and wastes at his Chester property, and ordering him to remove remaining junk and solid waste by a future date unless he obtains all necessary approvals and certifications for his operations. “Salvage yards must comply with Vermont’s salvage yard law and environmental laws,” said Attorney General William H. Sorrell. “Salvage operations provide a useful service to Vermonters, but they need to follow the law in their operations,” he added.

The Court also held Hennessey liable for the state’s investigation costs incurred at the property and required that he pay $50 per day for each day that he does not comply with the Court’s permanent injunction. The case stemmed from an investigation by the Agency of Natural Resources. The Court will hold a hearing on civil penalties in connection with Hennessey’s violations.

Click here to view the Complaint and click here to view the Partial Judgment Order.

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