BOSTON — The Attorney General's Office is suing a New Hampshire-based company for allegedly damaging protected wetlands in Salisbury and seeks civil penalties, the removal of hazardous waste and restoration of wetlands.
The state filed suit in Suffolk Superior Court on Thursday against C&G Land Reclamation & Renewable Energy Solutions LLC (C&G Renewables), its manager, Clyde Holland, and its operator, William P. Trainor Sr., according to a press release issued by Attorney General Maura Healey's office.
The complaint alleges the violation of environmental laws and regulations at a Lafayette Road site.
“These defendants recklessly created an illegal and hazardous dump in Salisbury and damaged valuable wetlands, endangering the public and the environment,” Healey said in the press release. “We will aggressively prosecute those who flagrantly violate laws put in place to protect the health and safety of our communities.”
The lawsuit claims C&G Renewables altered and filled in about 14,500 square feet of protected wetlands on the Lafayette Road property, the release said. The suit claims the fill includes sand and solid waste, including steel construction material and concrete rubble, and that the alteration destroyed wildlife habitat and vegetation, changing drainage and flow patterns to Smallpox Brook.
The defendants allegedly uncovered drums of waste oil and hydrochloric acid at the site and then transported and stored the drums of hazardous materials without a license and without complying with safety regulations, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit also alleges C&G Renewables failed to notify the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection that sampling revealed hazardous materials, including known carcinogens in the soil at the property, which is unfenced and located near an elementary school.
C&G Renewables failed to comply with two enforcement orders issued by the Salisbury Conservation Commission, which required restoration of the damaged wetlands, the Attorney General's Office said.
The lawsuit further alleges the company and its staff illegally brought creosote-treated railroad bridge timbers, concrete rubble, rebar, bricks and construction debris to the area, storing the waste at the site without permits from the DEP and the Salisbury Board of Health.
Despite multiple stop-work orders issued by the town, the defendants allegedly continued to bring waste onto the property, the Attorney General's Office said.
“Illegal dumping and storing of solid and hazardous waste is a violation of the laws protecting the commonwealth’s natural resources,” DEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg said in the release. “Through this action, the violations will be addressed.”
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