For Immediate Release
September 17, 2009
Assistant Attorney General Evan J. Mulholland
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and the Department of Environmental Services ("DES") Commissioner Thomas S. Burack announce that the Sullivan County Superior Court has approved a settlement between the State of New Hampshire and Deborah Fife, Ross Realty Trust and Tippicanoe Campground, Inc., located on Rand Pond in Goshen, New Hampshire to resolve violations of the State's wetlands, shoreland, and water pollution laws. The settlement includes a total civil penalty of $51,800.
In its lawsuit, the State alleged that Ms. Fife, Ross Realty Trust and Tippicanoe Campground violated the State's wetlands, shoreland and water pollution laws by illegally expanding a sand beach, removing trees within the protected shoreland, permitting sediment to be deposited into Rand Pond, installing a fence within Rand Pond, and altering wetland areas without a permit from DES. The court-approved agreement requires Ms. Fife, Ross Realty Trust and Tippecanoe Campground to pay a total of $24,800 as a cash penalty and complete wetland restoration on the property. The remaining civil penalty will be suspended as long as Ms. Fife, Ross Realty Trust and Tippecanoe remain in compliance with the wetlands, shoreland, and water pollution laws and regulations for four years.
"We are pleased with the settlement agreement as it demonstrates the State's continuing commitment to protecting New Hampshire's wetlands and water bodies," Attorney General Delaney stated.
Commissioner Burack said, "This settlement reflects the importance of the State's environmental laws and acknowledges the vital role that the State's wetlands and shorelands play in protecting water quality and the overall the health of our environment."
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