The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Compliance and Enforcement Division has announced that it has formally settled two environmental violations. The first settlement, involving Doyon Enterprises, LLC, includes a $14,350.00 penalty. The second settlement, involving Richard Riendeau, includes an $8,750.00 penalty.
Through the Agency’s investigation it was determined that Doyon Enterprises, LLC heavy cut 177 acres of its property in Craftsbury, Vermont without obtaining authorization. In the case of Richard Riendeau, 79 acres of his property in Brighton, Vermont were heavy cut without obtaining authorization. Vermont law requires landowners to file a notice of intent to cut with the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, and receive authorization to proceed, prior to conducting a heavy cut of 40 acres or more.
In both instances the matter came to light as a result of an Agency investigation conducted in response to a heavy cut complaint.
After the investigation was completed, Doyon Enterprises, LLC was notified of the violation and agreed to settle the matter. The settlement was reduced to an Assurance of Discontinuance, and adopted as an order by the Environmental Court. In it, Doyon Enterprises, LLC agreed to pay a $14,350.00 civil penalty.
After a separate investigation was completed, Riendeau was notified of the violation and agreed to settle the matter. The settlement was reduced to an Assurance of Discontinuance, and adopted as an order by the Environmental Court. In it, Richard Riendeau agreed to pay an $8,750.00 civil penalty.
Involved Program: Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, Forestry Division
Contact: Attorney John Zaikowski, 802-522-5438