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

March 15, 2010
Robert Colaceci

The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Compliance and Enforcement Division today announced that it has formally settled environmental violations involving Robert Colaceci. Colaceci operated an unpermitted waste tire collection and storage facility. In operating the unpermitted facility Colaceci violated solid waste management and Act 250 rules. The settlement includes a $5,200 penalty.

The matter came to light as a result of a citizen complaint that was investigated by the Agency’s Waste Management Division. The investigation established that Robert Colaceci was operating an unpermitted waste tire collection, storage, transfer, and disposal service on property located on Rte. 15 on the Wolcott/Hardwick town line. He was doing so without a solid waste facility certification or Act 250 permit. Colaceci also transported the waste tires to the unpermitted facility without obtaining the required solid waste transporter permits.

At the conclusion of the investigation Mr. Colaceci was notified of the violations and agreed to resolve the matter. In response to Agency directives, he obtained solid waste transporter permits and a waste facility certification, and submitted an Act 250 amendment application which is pending.

The settlement was reduced to an Assurance of Discontinuance and was so ordered by the Environmental Court on February 17, 2010. In it, Mr. Colaceci agreed to comply with applicable laws and permits in the operation of his facility, and with Natural Resources Board directives regarding the pending Act 250 application. In the event the Act 250 application is denied, he will restore the property to its pre-violation condition. The settlement also requires that he pay a civil penalty of $5,200 to the State of Vermont for the violations.

Involved Program: The Solid Waste Program of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Waste Management Division

For Further Information please contact:
John Zaikowski at 802-241-3820 or email to john.zaikowski@state.vt.us