For Immediate Release
February 6, 2012
K. Allen Brooks, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Commissioner Thomas S. Burack of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services ("DES"), announce that the Belknap County Superior Court (O'Neill, III, J.) approved a settlement agreement assessing a $20,000 civil penalty against Terence Graham d/b/a Docks Unlimited for violations of State wetlands laws.
Mr. Graham unlawfully altered wetlands on a property he owned in Meredith and began construction of a breakwater without authorization along Lake Winnipesaukee in Alton. The State filed suit against Mr. Graham seeking restoration and civil penalties for both violations. The court issued an order requiring Mr. Graham to restore both areas and has approved a settlement between the parties in which Mr. Graham will be assessed a $20,000 civil penalty. The court will hold a hearing on March 30, 2012, with respect to Mr. Graham's financial condition and claimed inability to pay. The Court may adjust payment of the civil penalties as it deems necessary.
"DES strives to protect our surface waters and wetlands from unauthorized destruction," said DES Commissioner Tom Burack. "Our state's water quality is one of our greatest assets and DES remains committed to enforcing our state's laws to ensure its protection."
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