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Department of Environmental Conservation
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Press Release

October 01, 2012
Landowners Fined for Wastewater Violations

The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Compliance and Enforcement Division today announced that it formally settled environmental violations involving Raymond and Danielle Laporte. The Laportes own rental property in Enosburg, Vermont. The settlement includes a $6,750.00 penalty.

Through the Agency’s investigation, it was determined that the wastewater system serving the Laporte’s rental unit failed. In an attempt to fix the failure, they excavated and removed the main trunk line of the existing leachfield and installed an extended leachfield pipe. They did not apply for or receive a permit prior to this new construction. In response to Agency directives, the Laportes subsequently applied for and received a Wastewater Permit in December 2011, authorizing construction of a new wastewater disposal system. Construction of the system was completed as of July 2012.

After the investigation was completed the Laportes were notified of the violation and agreed to settle the matter. The settlement was reduced to an Assurance of Discontinuance, and adopted as an order by the Environmental Court. In it, the Laportes agreed to pay a $6,750.00 penalty.

Involved Program: Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division, Technical Services
Environmental Enforcement Officer: Ted Cantwell
For Further Information please contact:
John Zaikowski at 802-583-7113 or email to John.Zaikowski@state.vt.us


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