Another uncertified salvage yard has been forced to cease operations in Milton. McRae Auto/Wrecker Service agreed to a settlement that includes a $4,500.00 penalty and clean up requirements. The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Compliance and Enforcement Division Wednesday announced that it formally settled an environmental violation involving George and Patricia McRae.
A Department investigation revealed that the McRae’s had been operating a salvage yard as part of their auto repair and wrecking service. Under state law, a person must hold a Certificate of Registration issued by the Department to operate, establish, or maintain a salvage yard. A Certificate may only be issued to a salvage yard that holds a Certificate of Approved Location issued by the municipality in which the salvage yard is located. The McRae’s have not obtained a Certificate of Approved Location from the town of Milton or a Certificate of Registration from the Department to operate the salvage yard. Further, a section of the salvage yard did not have either a fence or vegetation to effectively screen it from public view, which is required by state law.
After the Department completed its investigation it attempted to work with the McRae’s to resolve the matter. When those efforts proved unsuccessful, an Administrative Order was filed in the Environmental Court seeking penalties and clean-up of the property. As the case advanced towards trial the McRae’s agreed to settle the violations. The settlement was reduced to an Assurance of Discontinuance, and adopted as an order by the Environmental Court. In it, the McRae’s agreed to pay a $4,500.00 penalty, admitted to the operation of a salvage yard and agreed to remove all junk and junk motor vehicles from the property by August 1, 2014. Further the McRae’s agreed to apply for a Certificate of Registration in the event they obtain a local salvage yard permit, and refrain from operating a salvage yard on the property until all permits are issued.
In 2011 the Vermont attorney general ordered former junkyard owner Gilbert Rhoades to clean-up his Milton site following the AG’s finding of environmental violations. The Court ordered Rhoades to pay $20,000 in civil penalties and Rhoades and his wife, Blanche Rhoades, to reimburse the State $24,857.58 for past investigative costs.
Montpelier 06.10.2014 -- The Department of Environmental Conservation