Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Attorney General Settles Environmental Claims Against Moretown Landfill, Inc.

May 29, 2018

Contact: Nicholas Persampieri, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3186

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that Moretown Landfill, Inc. (MLI), has agreed to pay the State of Vermont $180,000 in civil penalties and an additional $20,000 to fund a supplemental environmental project (SEP) to resolve environmental claims brought against it by the State.

“Landfill gases have strong odors even at very low concentrations,” said Attorney General Donovan. “The release of methane and carbon dioxide from landfill gas also contributes to climate change. My office will always work so that Vermonters have clean air to breathe and we are glad that this settlement includes some money going back into the community to assist with the handling of solid waste.”

MLI owns and operates the “Moretown Landfill” in Moretown. As a part of a previous settlement with the State, MLI has been in the process of closing the landfill site since September of 2013. In November of 2014, the Attorney General’s Office filed a Complaint against MLI alleging a number of violations of Vermont’s environmental laws, regulations and permits at the landfill.

The State’s allegations against MLI included: the failure to prevent nuisance odors from the landfill, which resulted in numerous complaints from nearby residents; failure to prevent and control windblown debris; failure to maintain a landfill gas collection and control system to effectively capture landfill gas; failure to maintain intermediate cover for waste (to control odor, blowing litter, and reducing landfill gas emissions); failure to monitor leachate; stormwater construction permit violations; and unpermitted discharges to waters of the State.

The court-approved SEP agreed to by the parties calls for MLI to pay $20,000 to the Vermont Solid Waste District Managers Association. Those funds will be used to purchase residential compost bins, food scrap collection buckets, and kitchen counter-top compost containers, which will be sold to Vermonters at a discount.

The settlement was approved by the Washington Superior Court, Civil Division on May 21, 2018.

Related documents:
State of Vermont v. Moretown Landfill, Inc., Docket No. 663-11-14 Wncv

Complaint
Stipulation for the Entry of Consent Order and Final Judgment Order
Consent Order and Final Judgement Order

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