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Court Imposes $10,000 Penalty On Junkyard Owner For Environmental Violations

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

May 24, 2010

The Windsor County Superior Court has held John Hennessey of Chester, Vermont liable for $10,000 in civil penalties for operating a junkyard without a license and violating the state’s Solid Waste Management Rules and Hazardous Waste Management Regulations. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office requested penalties for these violations as part of an environmental enforcement action against Hennessey. The Court issued a judgment order following a hearing. “Salvage yard operators must comply with state laws governing salvage operations, including the state’s environmental rules for handling wastes and hazardous materials,” said Attorney General William H. Sorrell. “Those who do not, especially those who do not correct violations of these requirements promptly, will face penalties,” he added.

The Court issued a prior order in the case holding Hennessey liable for the state’s costs to investigate the Chester property, permanently prohibiting the acceptance and storage of additional junk and wastes, and ordering the removal of remaining junk and solid waste unless he obtains all necessary approvals and certifications for his operations. The case stemmed from an investigation by the Agency of Natural Resources.

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