State of Vermont
Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Compliance & Enforcement Division
Press Release

April 01, 2003
Winthrop Emch

WATERBURY- Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Elizabeth McLain today announced that the Enforcement Division has formally settled an environmental violation involving Winthrop Emch, a landowner in Sheldon. The settlement includes a $1,200 penalty.

Through the Agency's investigation, it was discovered that Emch illegally burned and buried trash and asphalt shingles on his property. The matter came to light as a result of a calls to the Sheldon Fire Department on several occasions, which then notified the Agency. Environmental Enforcement Officers Reginald Smith and Sean McVeigh investigated the incidents.

After the investigation was completed, Emch was notified of the violations and agreed to settle the matter. The settlement was reduced to an assurance of discontinuance and was so ordered by the Environmental Court on March 21, 2003. In it, Emch agreed to clean up the burned and buried material and properly dispose of it at a certified facility. It was also agreed that a civil penalty of $1,200 will be paid to the State of Vermont for the violations.

Involved Program: Air Pollution Control Division of the Department of Environmental Conservation

Environmental Enforcement Officers: Reginald Smith and Sean McVeigh
For Further Information please contact:
Attorney Gary Kessler at 802-241-3820 or email to