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Vermont AG reaches $70,000 settlement with Burlington business

By Bryan Cohen | Aug 12, 2014

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) - Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell announced a $70,000 settlement on Monday with a Burlington area business that allegedly violated the state's Hazardous Waste Management Regulations.

Sisters and Brothers Investment Group LLP allegedly engaged in 11 violations of the state's Hazardous Waste Management Regulations at a pair of Burlington properties. The alleged violations included releasing waste oil onto the land of the state and failing to immediately notify the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, failure to properly mark hazardous waste containers, the use of improper containers, failure to properly manage the condition of containers and the failure to make hazardous waste determination.

The agency discovered the alleged violations during inspections in 2012.

“Vermont businesses that generate and handle hazardous waste must follow the state’s hazardous waste management rules," Sorrell said. “Those rules protect the public health and the environment. We take violations of the rules seriously."

Under the terms of the settlement, Sisters and Brothers admitted liability for the 11 waste management violations and agreed to pay $70,000 in civil penalties. Washington Superior Court recently approved the settlement.

After receiving notice from the agency, Sisters and Brothers took corrective steps at the properties to address the violations. The agency said it did not think it would be necessary to have a formal compliance plan as part of the agreement.

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