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Vermont Railway, Inc. To Pay $120,000 For Hazardous Waste Management Violations

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

November 5, 2010

Vermont Railway, Inc., a Burlington-based company that operates rail lines throughout Vermont, has agreed to pay $70,000 in civil penalties and $50,000 to fund a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) to settle claims that the company violated Vermont’s hazardous waste management laws at its Burlington and Rutland facilities. “Companies handling hazardous materials and wastes in Vermont must comply with the State environmental laws to protect the public and the environment,” said Attorney General William H. Sorrell. "Companies that fail to follow the law will be held accountable," Attorney General Sorrell added.

The violations were discovered during inspections by the Agency of Natural Resources in 2008 at the company’s Burlington and Rutland rail yards, and included the failure to properly store, label and manage hazardous wastes. As part of the settlement, Vermont Railway admitted the violations and agreed to implement compliance measures to prevent hazardous material spills at its Vermont facilities. The SEP payments will fund (1) the purchase of firefighting materials and spill response equipment for four fire departments in areas of high rail traffic in the Vermont and (2) a training exercise involving a simulated release of hazardous materials from a rail car.

The Pleadings by Agreement and Stipulation for Entry of Consent Order and Consent Order were filed with the Superior Court, Civil Division, Washington Unit. Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford approved the settlement on November 3, 2010.

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