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Department of Environmental Conservation
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Press Release

April 09, 2008
Robert J. Riendeau

WATERBURY- Agency of Natural Resources Secretary George Crombie today announced that the Enforcement Division has formally settled an environmental violation involving Robert J. Riendeau. The settlement includes a $2,000 penalty and $6,000 supplemental environmental project.

Through the Agency's investigation, it was discovered that Robert J. Riendeau in the course of conducting logging activities on his property in Glover, failed to implement Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs) for maintaining water quality. This resulted in discharges of sediment and logging debris into several streams. The Agency also determined Mr. Riendeau heavy cut approximately 53 acres of the property without obtaining authorization. Vermont law requires landowners to file a notice of intent to cut with the Department of Forest, Parks & Recreation, and receive authorization to proceed, prior to conducting a heavy cut of 40 acres or more.

The matter came to light as a result of a citizen complaint that was investigated by Environmental Enforcement Officer Reg Smith and Department of Forest, Parks & Recreation Foresters Richard Greenwood and Jeff Briggs. After the investigation was completed, the Agency notified Mr. Riendeau of the violations and in response he remediated the property to bring it into compliance with AMPs. The Agency subsequently issued an Administrative Order. Mr. Riendeau then agreed to settle the matter.

The settlement was reduced to an Assurance of Discontinuance and was so ordered by the Environmental Court on March 25, 2008. In it, Robert J. Riendeau agreed to obtain all logging-related state environmental permits, implement and comply with all AMPs, participate in logger education training, and notify the Agency in writing of upcoming logging activity for a three-year periods. It was also agreed that a civil penalty of $2,000 will be paid to the State of Vermont for the violations and that a $6,000 supplemental environmental project will be funded.
For Further Information please contact:
Attorney John Zaikowski at 802-241-3820 or email to john.zaikowski@state.vt.us


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