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August 20, 2012

Vermont Environmental Court Imposes $14,222 Fine and Requires Extensive Remediation for Wetlands Violations after Day Long Trial

The Department of Environmental Conservationís Compliance and Enforcement Division today announced that the Environmental Court has issued a decision against Timothy Persons and Trust A of Timothy Persons. Mr. Persons and the Trust own property in Lunenburg, Vermont which contains wetlands protected under State law.

The Court found that Mr. Persons and the Trust excavated and cleared protected wetlands. In addition the Court found Mr. Persons and the Trust installed three spring tiles and a waterline in the wetland. The Court determined that all these activities occurred in violation of the Vermont Wetland Rules and that Mr. Personís undertook these actions despite being aware of the rules.

The Agency sought to resolve the violations prior to initiating formal court action, but when that effort failed the Agency filed an Administrative Order. A one-day trial ensued and as a result of the evidence presented at trial by the Agency the Environmental Court determined that Mr. Persons and the Trust committed the violations alleged. The Court imposed a penalty of $14,222.00 and ordered that Mr. Persons and the Trust remediate the violations by removing the illegally installed spring tiles and restoring the impacted wetlands.

Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: August 20, 2012 09:09:31