N.H. AG, company reach $66K wetlands agreement

Bryan Cohen May 11, 2012, 6:57am


CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) - New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney and Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Thomas Burack announced a settlement on Wednesday with a company to resolve alleged wetlands law violations.

The Carroll County Superior Court approved the $66,000 settlement between the state and contractor A. Eastman & Son Inc., Allen Eastman and Chester B. Lucy for allegedly violating New Hampshire wetlands laws on the Saco River in Conway.

Under the terms of the agreement, $29,000 of the penalty will be given in a cash payment. Allen Eastman will perform a supplementary environmental project to satisfy $15,000 worth of the settlement. An additional $22,000 penalty will be permanently suspended if the respondents do not violate wetlands laws again within two years of the settlement agreement's entry.

Lucy, the landowner of the Conway property, and Eastman of A. Eastman & Son Inc., allegedly violated state wetlands laws in 2009 when they installed approximately 570 linear feet of rip-rap on the bed and bank of the Saco River. The respondents allegedly installed the rip-rap without first obtaining a fill and dredge permit from the Department of Environmental Services.

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