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

May 15, 2007
Normand Inkel

WATERBURY- Agency of Natural Resources Secretary George Crombie today announced that the Enforcement Division has formally settled an environmental violation involving Normand Inkel. The settlement includes a $1,300 penalty and $5,200 supplemental environmental project.

Through the Agency's investigation, it was discovered that Inkel, in the course of logging on his property in Stannard, failed to implement acceptable management practices (AMPs) and discharges to state waters occurred.

The matter came to light as a result of a citizen complaint that was investigated by environmental Enforcement Officer Reg Smith. After the investigation was completed, Inkel 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 May 14, 2007. In it, Inkel agreed to complete the Logger Education to Advance Professionalism program in 2007 or pay an additional $2,000 penalty. It was also agreed that a civil penalty of $1,300 will be paid to the State of Vermont for the violations and that a $5,200 supplemental environmental project will be funded.

Involved Programs: Water Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Environmental Board

Environmental Enforcement Officer: Reg Smith

For Further Information please contact:
Attorney Gary Kessler at 802-241-3820 or email to gary.kessler@state.vt.us