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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Southern Vermont Meat Processing Facility Agrees To Pay $86,000 For Environmental Violations

November 13, 2017

CONTACT: Justin E. Kolber, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5620

November 13, 2017

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan today announced that Westminster Meats, LLC and its owner Daniel Mandich, agreed to pay the State $86,250 in civil penalties for environmental violations at their meat packing and processing facility located in Westminster, Vermont.

In 2014-2015, the facility had several failures of its wastewater treatment system. The most serious violation occurred in August 2014, when a state inspector observed a garden hose being used to empty an overflowing tank of animal wastewater (including blood) into a small stream next to the facility’s driveway. The State filed an enforcement action in Windham Superior Court. On November 6, 2017, the Court approved a stipulated judgment order.

The judgment order allows Defendants the opportunity to reduce a portion of the penalty based on financial disclosures showing inability to pay.

Related Documents:

State of Vermont v. Westminster Meats, LLC and Daniel Mandich, Stipulated Judgment

Last modified: December 7, 2017