Unpermitted Waste Hauler in Arlington Fined $15,000

MONTPELIER VT (12/12/2016) – Aaron Septic and Drain, LLC, a commercial waste hauler based in Arlington, is now required to pay a penalty of $15,000 for commercially hauling solid waste and sewage without a State permit. The final court decision was announced today by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Hauling permits are required for anyone intending to commercially transport trash, food waste, septage or sewage, recyclables, 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. Aaron Septic and Drain, LLC, had been operating without a permit since 2011.

In addition, the Department found that Aaron Septic and Drain, LLC delivered at least 466,000 gallons of sewage waste between 2011 and 2015 to wastewater treatment facilities in Rutland and Brattleboro, all after the expiration of their hauling permit. During that time, the company failed to submit delivery reports to the State for the nine quarters during which they delivered waste to Vermont treatment facilities.

The Brattleboro Public Works Superintendent had notified the DEC in March 2015 that Aaron Septic and Drain, LLC also failed to pay for the several thousand gallons of septage waste it delivered to the Brattleboro wastewater treatment facility during 2013. Fees charged for delivering septage waste cover necessary testing that allows the wastewater facility to confirm the characteristics of waste to be treated, which prevents inappropriate substances from entering the system and helps maintain overall treatment system integrity.

In July 2016, Aaron Septic and Drain, LLC applied for a solid waste transporter permit, which was issued within a week. 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 on November 28, 2016. The Order requires a penalty of $15,000 for the violations, and continued compliance with all conditions of the Vermont solid waste transporter permit.

Contact: Randy J. Miller, II, ANR Enforcement & Litigation, 802-272-1744