Unpermitted Commercial Waste Hauler Fined $8,375

MONTPELIER – Delmolino & Sons, Inc. an out-of-state commercial waste hauler, is now required to pay a penalty of $8,375 after operating for a year in Vermont without a solid waste transporter permit.

The Agency of Natural Resources announced today the issuance of a Final Order against Delmolino & Sons, Inc. for commercially hauling solid waste in Vermont without a permit. Hauling permits are required for anyone intending to commercially transport trash, recyclables, food waste, septage or sewage, or regulated quantities of hazardous waste materials within the state. The permitting process is an important tool for maintaining public health and safety because it holds waste transporters accountable for practicing safe and environmentally sound transportation methods, and delivering waste materials to appropriate destinations.

In February 2016, Agency personnel observed a Delmolino & Sons, Inc. truck at the TAM, Inc. recycling and transfer station in Pownal. After conducting a review of the waste delivery records maintained by TAM, it became clear that Delmolino & Sons, Inc. had been a frequent hauler of waste to the facility. Between May 2015 and March 2016, the company delivered approximately 2,895 tons of waste to the facility in Pownal; it did not have a Vermont solid waste transporter permit during this period.

The Agency’s Department of Environmental Conservation issued a Notice of Alleged Violation to Delmolino & Sons, Inc., directing the company to obtain a valid permit. The company took steps to gain compliance, and in June 2016, the Agency issued Delmolino & Sons, Inc. a solid waste transporter permit effective July 1, 2016. Based on the return to compliance, this matter was settled with an Assurance of Discontinuance that was incorporated into a Judicial Order issued by the Superior Court, Environmental Division earlier this month.  The Order requires a penalty of $8,375 for the violation, and compliance with all conditions of the Vermont solid waste transporter permit going forward.

“Preventing the improper disposal of waste protects our groundwater, and ultimately public health,” said Alyssa Schuren, DEC Commissioner. “The public has a right to expect that Vermont’s commercial waste management community operates in compliance with state law.”

For more information on waste hauling regulations, visit http://dec.vermont.gov/waste-management.

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