Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that the Rutland County Solid Waste District was fined $37,000 for multiple violations of Vermont’s hazardous waste and solid waste management rules.
Hazardous wastes are substances that contain chemicals that are corrosive, flammable, reactive or toxic, and have harmful effects on public health or on the environment. Many sectors create hazardous wastes in Vermont, including small and large businesses, municipalities, and even households.
Rutland County Solid Waste District owns and operates a solid waste transfer station in Rutland, where customers can drop off hazardous waste, trash and recycling materials. The facility is classified as a Large Quantity Generator of Hazardous Waste, and is subject to the most stringent requirements under Vermont Hazardous Waste Management Regulations. The facility is also required to comply with the Vermont Solid Waste Management Rules and an individual Solid Waste Management Facility Certification
“Facilities that manage and dispose of solid and hazardous waste from households and businesses help Vermonters keep these substances out of the environment,” says Peter Walke, DEC Commissioner. “Residents and customers bring waste to these facilities with the understanding it will be managed appropriately and in compliance with applicable regulations. It’s important that these facilities understand and follow the rules to ensure that solid and hazardous waste are properly managed.”
A joint Hazardous Materials and Solid Waste inspection of Rutland solid waste transfer station on June 13, 2019 revealed a number of violations related to the storage and management of hazardous and solid wastes, as well as waste transporter violations. DEC issued Notices of Alleged Violations in July and August 2019, detailing the steps the facility needed to take to achieve compliance with the regulations. Rutland County Solid Waste District promptly addressed the violations and, in September 2019, confirmed to DEC their return to compliance.
To resolve the violations, Rutland County Solid Waste District has agreed to pay a fine of $37,000 for the violations. This agreement was incorporated into a Final Judicial Order of the Vermont Superior Court, Environmental Division on January 4, 2021.
For more information about DEC’s Waste Management and Prevention Division, including information about solid waste management and recycling and information specific to hazardous waste generators, visit dec.vermont.gov/waste-management.
Source: 2.18.2021. Montpelier, Vt. – Vermont Agency of Natural Resources anr.vermont.gov