State of Vermont
April 11, 2003
The matter came to light as a result of an anonymous citizen complaint about the odor of raw sewage near the treatment facility during the summer of 2000. Environmental Enforcement Officers Sean McVeigh and Kathryn Patch's investigation determined that Bethel's wastewater treatment facility was discharging untreated and partially treated effluent into the White River. As a result of the health risks posed by the ongoing discharges, the Agency and the Health Department closed 20 miles of the White River to recreation (from Bethel to the Connecticut River) from early July into September, 2000.
The settlement was reduced to an assurance of discontinuance and was so ordered by the Environmental Court on April 8, 2003. In it, the Town of Bethel agreed to fund supplemental environmental projects amounting to $20,000.
Involved Program: Wastewater Management Division of the Department of Environmental Conservation
Environmental Enforcement Officers: Sean McVeigh and Kathryn Patch
For Further Information please contact:
|VT DEC Compliance & Enforcement Division - 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2 - Montpelier, VT 05620-3803 - Tele: 802-828-1254|