For Immediate Release
January 27, 2009
Senior Assistant Attorney General K. Allen Brooks
Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte and Commissioner Thomas S. Burack, of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services ("DES"), announce that on January 23, 2009, the Rockingham County Superior Court (Lewis, J.) found that septage hauler Daniel Laliberte illegally disposed of septage on a rural field in Deerfield, New Hampshire. The court assessed a penalty of $30,000 against Mr. Laliberte, half of which will be suspended provided Mr. Laliberte does not violate State laws again within the next three years.
The evidence presented at trial established that Mr. Laliberte dumped septage in a field without following any of the State rules related to such disposal including obtaining a permit to dump, posting warning notices to the public, and chemically treating the waste. The illegal dumping occurred in a rural field near 165 Middle Road in Deerfield, New Hampshire on land owned by resident Stephen Sanborn. The DES inspector who investigated the illegal dumping observed not only the septage but items such as teeth whitening strips, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper and other material usually found in septic tanks.
"The dumping of raw septage is a significant public health and safety issue," said Attorney General Ayotte. "This office will pursue significant penalties against anyone who endangers the public in such a manner."
"Even in a rural location, members of the public, such as hunters, can come into contact with septage if it is not properly treated and marked," said Commissioner Burack. "We will do everything possible, in coordination with other State and local law enforcement agencies, to keep that from happening."
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