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