For Immediate Release
October 11, 2011
Evan J. Mulholland, Assistant Attorney General
NH Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Commissioner Thomas S. Burack, of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services ("DES"), announce that the Carroll County Superior Court, (Houran, J.) has approved a settlement between the State and Gino Tzortzis to resolve a civil enforcement action involving violations of state wetlands laws at Mr. Tzortzis's property on Great East Lake in Wakefield, NH.
In its lawsuit, the State alleged that Gino Tzortzis installed a permanent dock, dredged and filled 4500 square feet of the lake bed, and installed a one hundred foot-long rock wall on the bed and banks of the lake, all without permits from DES. The State also alleged that Mr. Tzortzis failed to comply with an Administrative Order issued by DES to rectify these violations.
The settlement imposes a $40,000 civil penalty on Gino Tzortzis, $20,000 of which is suspended, provided that Mr. Tzortzis removes the remaining rock wall during the Fall 2011 drawdown of Great East Lake, under the supervision of a qualified wetland consultant, as ordered by the Court earlier this summer.
"Wetlands and shorelands are vital in protecting and maintaining the water quality of the state's lakes and rivers. This settlement exemplifies our commitment to protecting these vital natural resources," said Tom Burack, NHDES Commissioner.
Copies of the settlement agreements are available upon request.
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