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Water Quality Issues To Be Addressed At Logging Site

CONTACT: Thea Schwartz, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3186

November 14, 2013

The Washington Superior Court has ordered Reginald Riendeau of Orleans to address water quality issues at his logging operation on his 250-acre property in Albany, Vermont. The preliminary injunction order stems from a lawsuit filed by the State alleging that Mr. Riendeau failed to follow the Acceptable Management Practices for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont resulting in discharges to state waters in violation of state water protection laws. The enforcement action also alleges that Mr. Riendeau violated Vermont’s “Heavy Cutting” law by failing to follow Vermont law when heavy cutting 40 acres or more. “Logging operations that keep the forest productive for future use and protect our state waters are critical to Vermont’s rural economy and environment,” said Attorney General William H. Sorrell. “Appropriate logging can achieve this,” Attorney General Sorrell added.

Mr. Riendeau agreed to the preliminary injunction order. Under the Court’s order, he is required to hire a private forestry consultant to develop a remediation plan and perform any necessary work, which may include removing logging debris from state waters, installing waterbars, seeding and mulching disturbed areas, and filling in and smoothing out ruts caused by logging equipment. The enforcement case will continue forward.

The Attorney General’s Office is working on this case in conjunction with the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.

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