For Immediate Release
May 19, 2011
Assistant Attorney General Evan J. Mulholland
NH Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Commissioner Thomas S. Burack, of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services ("DES"), announce that the Strafford County Superior Court, (Brown, J.) has approved a settlement between the State and Lydall Filtration/Separation, Inc. ("Lydall Filtration") located in Rochester, New Hampshire, to resolve a civil enforcement action involving violations of state water pollution control regulations.
In its lawsuit, the State alleged that Lydall Filtration removed sludge from lagoons at its Rochester plant and deposited the sludge and wastewater onto the ground, without a permit from the State. The plant is within 300 feet of the Cocheco River. Lydall Filtration has since removed the sludge and shipped it to an authorized facility. The company is currently in compliance with applicable sludge management regulations.
The settlement imposes a $20,000 civil penalty on Lydall Filtration which will be paid to the State within twenty-one days.
"Keeping New Hampshire's water quality high is an important part of our environmental protection efforts," said Attorney General Delaney. "The State's environmental laws must be followed."
"It is critically important for businesses to stay in compliance with all applicable environmental rules. I am pleased by the efforts and cooperation shown by Lydall Filtration to resolve this situation in a timely manner," said Commissioner Burack.
Copies of the settlement agreements are available upon request.
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