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State Receives $215,000 Penalty From C & S Wholesale Grocers For Hazardous Waste, Underground Storage Tank Violations

CONTACT: John Beling, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5518

June 9, 2009 - C & S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., a Keene, New Hampshire-based wholesale grocer, has agreed to pay $215,000 to settle claims that the company violated Vermont laws governing hazardous waste management and underground storage tanks. The violations were discovered during inspections by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources in late 2007 and in 2008 at the company’s distribution facility in Brattleboro. The violations included failure to properly store and label hazardous wastes, increasing the risks of exposures to the wastes and of releases of wastes into the environment. The violations also included deficient spill prevention for oil and used oil stored at the facility.

Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell stated that “This settlement demonstrates the importance of complying with laws dealing with hazardous wastes and petroleum products. Businesses who handle these materials have an obligation to manage them appropriately, to prevent harming the environment and endangering the public health. Failure to do so will result in aggressive enforcement action.”

The pleadings by agreement and consent decree have been filed with the Washington Superior Court and the settlement is subject to approval by the Superior Court. Copies of the court filings are attached.

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