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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  • Paul Lorenzini

    If you confess, all sins will be forgiven is the moral of the story?
    Because of the fine ANR janitors will likely get less overtime.
    Where does the fine money go?
    Right back to the General fund.
    into the politicos pockets
    I caught meself speedin so I ticked meself.
    Vermont is an honor system state?
    Don’t get caught, you won’t be dishonored.
    politics in VT
    we won’t tell if you don’t
    DC morals alive and well in the green Mt state.
    Get your tax break while you can because pretty soon you’ll be broke if you stay here.

  • I ask “Who droped the ball?” Did the person or persons at ANR get “repremanded/fined” or is it going to be, as much too often is in goverenment, just an oops and all goes on as usual and all keeo their jobs. Does this fine comming out of the taxpayers? Will we see a response from the director as to what measure were taken with the persons or person responsible? I have heard nothing of any of any repremand of the people responsible for the lack of doing their jobs in the State subsized health insurance and from what I read, the State just said “oops” and the people who reported their income accurately got charged a large bill for back due premiums, even though it was someone at the State level that did not do their jobs. Individual incompetance in our State government seems to come with no punishment, just another paycheck:(:( Sad.

    I commend Governor Christie, the people responsible paid a price, as will he if he is not being completely honest.