Muddy waters not music to Ayotte's ears

By John O'Brien | Apr 30, 2008


CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte recently earned a temporary restraining order against a developer she says is dirtying Penacook Lake.

The Merrimack County Superior Court granted the TRO and scheduled a full hearing for Monday, as Ayotte is seeking a permanent injunction and civil penalties against Kevin Guay of Concord.

Ayotte thinks Guay's heavy machinery is exposing the land he owns around Penacook Lake to erosion, and sediment has trickled into the lake.

"Protecting public water supplies is of critical importance to the people of New Hampshire," Ayotte said. "My office will continue to vigorously pursue those who disregard the laws designed to protect our drinking water."

Guay has had difficulty with the City of Concord, according to a report in the Concord Monitor. Ayotte says the dirty water he is creating can carry other pollutants such as phosphates.

It is the second time he has faced such allegations. He paid a $30,000 settlement several years ago in that case.

Guay must also hire an expert on sediment and erosion control by Tuesday.

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