Agency of Natural Resources admits violations at former state lab

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will pay $18,000 to settle a hazardous waste violation claim, the Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday.

The department will pay $12,000 in civil penalties and contribute $6,000 to a “supplemental environmental project,” according to a news release.

Attorney General Bill Sorrell said DEC “self-reported” the violation that related to a hazardous waste shipment from the department’s former R.A. LaRosa Environmental Laboratory at the Waterbury state office complex in October 2012. That shipment did not reach the disposal site until March 2013, the AG’s office said.

The agency admitted to three violations of Vermont’s hazardous waste management rules, the release said.

The violations were documented in a March 2013 Exception Report that the Lab sent to the Agency’s Waste Management and Prevention Division and the Attorney General’s Office.

The SEP payment is intended to create a fund managed by the Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust to conduct audits at Vermont school laboratories and to provide grants to Vermont schools to improve school laboratory safety, the release said.

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