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

August 29, 2005
Town of Bristol

WATERBURY- Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Thomas Torti today announced that the Enforcement Division has formally settled an environmental violation involving the town of Bristol. The settlement includes funding of a $5,000 supplemental environmental project.

Through the Agency's investigation, it was discovered that the Town of Bristol's landfill, in the course of doing business, violated its certification regarding the annual limit on the ratio of waste to alternative daily cover (ADC) that may be accepted. It brought in more ADC (paper sludge and wood ash) than permitted and never requested or received Agency approval to use wood ash as ADC. The Town also failed to apply intermediate cover to one section of the landfill, and stored or disposed of solid waste outside the approved limits of the landfill.

These violations came to light during a routine agency inspection. After the investigation was completed, the Town of Bristol 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 August 23, 2005. In it, the Town of Bristol agreed to comply with its certification and applicable laws and rules in the operation of the landfill. It was also agreed that a $5,000 supplemental environmental project will be funded.

Involved Program: Solid Waste Program, Waste Management Division of the Department of Environmental Conservation

For Further Information please contact:
Attorney Laura Pelosi at 802-241-3820 or email to