Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Reginald Riendeau To Pay $60,000 For Water Quality Violations And Improper Timber Harvesting

November 17, 2014

CONTACT: Thea Schwartz and Justin Kolber, Assistant Attorneys General, (802) 828-3186

Reginald Riendeau, a logger from Orleans, will pay $60,000 in civil penalties for violating Vermont’s water quality and heavy cut timber laws. The court-approved settlement requires Mr. Riendeau to comply with a harvest plan for any new logging activity and to give notice to the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation before any new logging activity for the next three years. “There is no excuse for not protecting water quality on logging jobs,” said Attorney General Bill Sorrell. “Our forests are a vital part of our environment and economy. Following good management practices is critical to protecting our forests and keeping state waters clean,” he added

Mr. Riendeau admitted that he failed to follow the Acceptable Management Practices for Logging resulting in discharges to state waters in Wheelock and Albany, conducted logging activities within a protected wetland and its buffer zone, and heavy cut more than 40 acres without Department approval. Under a previous order by Washington Superior Court in this case, Mr. Riendeau performed the necessary remediation at the Albany site. Steven Sinclair, Director of Forests at the Department, stated “We are encouraged by the settlement and feel that it sends a message to those in the forest industry who disregard state statutes. Requiring a harvest plan will ensure that future logging by Reginald Riendeau will follow state laws.”

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