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Parties To Pay $87,000 For Cleanup Of Hazardous Waste

CONTACT: Michael O. Duane, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3186

December 13, 2011

A contractor and a homeowner will pay the State of Vermont a total of over $87,000 to resolve the Attorney General’s claims for the cleanup of an illegal and unpermitted discharge of hazardous waste. “Contractors must follow Vermont law when disposing of hazardous waste,” said Attorney General William Sorrell.

In the spring of 2010, Travis Smith, a contractor based in Granville, New York, discharged water containing home heating oil into soil near Tinmouth Pond. When a nearby resident noticed an oily sheen in the water and shore of the pond, he contacted the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, which undertook an immediate and full cleanup of the area. The matter was then referred to the Attorney General’s Office.

The current settlement includes recognition that contamination from the spill “caused damage to nearby properties and natural resources,” and requires payments to reimburse the State for all of the costs that it expended in pursuing the full cleanup of the site. The settlement funds will go directly into the State’s Petroleum Cleanup Fund and the Environmental contingency fund.

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