State of Vermont
May 19, 2010
WATERBURY - The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Compliance and Enforcement Division (CED) today announced that the Environmental Court has issued decisions in two cases against Ken Bacon and Ken Bacon, Jr. d/b/a Bacon Timber Harvesting. The Court found that the Bacons violated Vermont’s Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs) for logging operations and in doing so caused discharges of sediment and logging debris to state waters in violation of State law. These violations occurred at two separate logging jobs in Hyde Park and Washington. The violations were documented by CED Environmental Enforcement Officers and Department of Forest, Parks & Recreation Foresters in response to citizen complaints.
The CED sought to resolve the violations prior to trial, and when those efforts failed Administrative Orders were filed and the Bacons requested hearings. A one-day trial ensued and as a result of the evidence presented at the trial, the Environmental Court found that the Bacons had committed the violations and imposed $21,463.00 in total penalties. The Court also ordered the Bacons to obtain all logging-related State environmental permits, implement and comply with all AMPs, participate in logger education training, and notify the Agency of upcoming logging activity. Sanctions for failure to comply with training and notice requirements were also included in the Court’s order.
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|VT DEC Compliance & Enforcement Division - 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2 - Montpelier, VT 05620-3803 - Tele: 802-828-1254|