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Vermont sues Moretown Landfill operator for pollution violations

By Ashley Perry | Nov 7, 2014

Attorney General William H. Sorrell | The State of Vermont

Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell recently filed a lawsuit suit against Moretown Landfill Inc. for allegedly violating numerous state regulations in operating the Moretown Landfill. 

The company allegedly failed to capture and control landfill gas, which led to numerous odor complaints; control debris; and conduct regular inspections. The lawsuit also said there were signs of sediment discharged into local streams without a permit.

Sorrell's office is working closely with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board on the case. 

“The attorney general’s office takes cases like these very seriously, and will continue to be vigilant and work with the agency and the board to ensure that Vermont’s waste-disposal sector plays by the rules, protects Vermont’s environment, and takes appropriate action to prevent off-site odors,” Sorrell said.

The suit alleges that over a number of years Moretown Landfill Inc. violated Vermont Solid Waste Management Rules, Air Pollution Control Regulations, the Water Pollution Control Statute, a solid waste facility certification, the Act 250 land use permit and the stormwater construction permit. 

“Meeting Vermont’s air and water quality laws are not optional," David Mears, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, said. "I applaud the attorney general for looking into Moretown Landfill’s environmental violations and taking action.” 

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