Partnership Settles Hazmat Claims for $70,000

Posted by Mark Davis on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM

A partnership of members of Burlington's Handy family has agreed to pay $70,000 to settle claims that hazardous materials spilled from an auto shop on Riverside Avenue near a drain that empties into the Winooski River, Attorney General Bill Sorrell announced today. 

Waste oil stored at the former M&H Auto building spilled in February 2012, necessitating a response from both state and local hazardous material teams. During follow-up inspections of the shuttered auto shop, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources found several problems with the storage of hazardous materials, according to court documents, including large drums of waste that were rusted, uncovered, or left outside.

Additionally, several 55-gallon drums full of waste were not properly labeled and catalogued with federal regulators, the attorney general's office said. It was unclear from court papers whether any of the spilled oil reached the nearby river.

"Vermont businesses that generate and handle hazardous waste must follow the state's hazardous waste management rules," Sorrell said in a prepared statement. "Those rules protect the public health and the environment. We take violations of the rules seriously."

In court papers, the Handys, who run numerous Burlington businesses, admitted the attorney general's allegations, and said that several of the drums had been left by prior tenants. The family, operating under the Sisters and Brothers Investment Group LLP, implemented proper procedures for handling waste after the incident, the attorney general said.

A Washington County judge approved the settlement.

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A few 55 gallon drums? R.R. Charlebois allegedly buried a 10,000 gallon metal tank filled with used motor oil behind their old truck shop (still owned by them) before they relocated their services to a new facility in Milton. I guess paying to properly dispose of the hazardous waste was just too expensive after building a new ten million dollar+ shop.

This was reportedly done by direct instruction of the owner, in front of a half dozen employees.

Even after being reported to state officials, NOTHING has been done about this. The tank might last 10 years before rusting through and dumping ~10,000 gallons of used oil into our environment.

The tank is located (underground) at 940-1190 Roosevelt highway, Colchester, VT:,-73.1786348,40m/data=!3m1!1e3

Thanks for protecting our health and environment, and taking violations of the rules seriously.

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