BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced March 20 that her office has sued Sean Blair, the operator of a construction, excavation and septic installation business, for allegations of altering and filling protected wetlands in violation of state law.


“Wetlands are a vital resource for our state and help provide us with clean drinking water supplies, prevent flooding and storm damage, and support wildlife,” Healey said. “Those who illegally destroy these valuable resources will be held accountable.”


According to Healey’s office, Blair destroyed at least six different types of protected wetlands in Rowley by clearing trees and vegetation so he could stockpile debris during a construction project. Healey argues that Blair failed to obtain proper permits and therefore violated the Wetlands Protection Act.


“Protection of wetlands resources is critical to ensuring a healthy ecosystem,” said Commissioner Martin Suuberg of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). “MassDEP will aggressively pursue individuals who illegally fill wetlands, particularly those who fail to comply with their obligations under a MassDEP enforcement order.”


Healey’s office seeks civil penalties and a permanent injunction that would force Blair to restore the damaged wetland area.

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