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Press Release Recycling Company Settles Allegations of Illegal Dumping and Destruction of Wetlands in Salisbury

Settlement Includes up to $175,000 in Penalties and Restoration of Environmentally Sensitive Property
For immediate release:
3/28/2019
  • Office of Attorney General Maura Healey
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Media Contact for Recycling Company Settles Allegations of Illegal Dumping and Destruction of Wetlands in Salisbury

Chloe Gotsis

BostonA New Hampshire-based recycling and renewable energy company, its manager, and its operator have agreed to pay up to $175,000 in penalties and to restore acres of protected wetlands in Salisbury after illegally dumping solid waste and storing hazardous waste on the property, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

The consent judgment, entered today in Suffolk Superior Court, settles a lawsuit filed by the AG’s Office in June 2017 alleging that C&G Land Reclamation & Renewable Energy Solutions LLC (C&G Renewables),  manager Clyde Holland, and operator William P. Trainor Sr. violated numerous environmental laws and regulations in their operation of an illegal solid waste disposal site at the C&G Renewables property on Lafayette Road in Salisbury, which is unfenced and located across the street from an elementary school.

The AG’s Office alleges the defendants altered and filled nearly 15,000 square feet of protected wetlands at the property with solid waste, destroying the wildlife habitat and vegetation in the area. 

“Wetlands are valuable natural resources that must be protected, not used as dumping grounds,” AG Healey said. “Today’s settlement requires the restoration of acres of destroyed wetlands that serve as critical resources for flood prevention and habitats for our wildlife.”

According to the AG’s complaint, C&G Renewables, Holland, and Trainor dumped and stored large piles of concrete rubble, rebar bricks, and other construction debris throughout protected wetland areas without obtaining any required authorizations from state and local authorities, including the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), and despite multiple stop work orders issued by the Town of Salisbury. 

“This law and rules are in place to protect public health and the environment,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “Failure to abide by these rules will lead to enforcement and penalties.”

The complaint also alleges that the defendants illegally transported drums of hazardous waste off-site and reburied others on-site, including waste oil and hydrochloric acid, and failed to report releases of hazardous material discovered at the property. 

Under the terms of today’s settlement, the defendants will pay up to $175,000 in penalties to the state and restore nearly 15,000 square feet of wetlands, 75 feet of stream bank, and additional acres of associated buffer zone to their prior condition under the direction of MassDEP. The defendants also will remove all solid and hazardous waste at the property and report and remediate releases of hazardous materials found there.

This case was handled by Assistant Attorneys General Turner Smith and Amanda Morejon of AG Healey’s Environmental Protection Division, with the assistance of Senior Regional Counsel Colleen McConnell, and technical staff members John Morey, Elizabeth Sabounjian, Mark Fairbrother, Iris Davis, Matthew Barber, and Stephen Johnson, of MassDEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington.

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Media Contact for Recycling Company Settles Allegations of Illegal Dumping and Destruction of Wetlands in Salisbury

Office of Attorney General Maura Healey 

Attorney General Maura Healey is the chief lawyer and law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection 

MassDEP ensures clean air, land and water. We oversee the safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes. We ensure the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills. And we work to preserve the state's wetlands and coastal resources.
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