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News Release

For Immediate Release
May 9, 2012

Assistant Attorney General Evan J. Mulholland
(603) 271-3679

Court Approves $66,000 Penalty for Violations of State Wetlands Laws on the Saco River in Conway

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 approved a settlement agreement between the State and Chester B. Lucy, Allen Eastman and A. Eastman & Son, Inc. ("Respondents"), to resolve violations of the State's wetlands laws. The settlement imposes a $66,000 penalty on the Respondents, $29,000 of which will be satisfied by a cash payment, and $15,000 of which will be satisfied by a supplemental environmental project to be performed by Allen Eastman. An additional $22,000 penalty will be permanently suspended, if the Respondents do not violate State wetlands laws again within two years of the entry of the settlement agreement.

In its lawsuit, the State described how Mr. Lucy, the landowner, and Mr. Eastman of A. Eastman & Son, Inc., a local contractor, violated State wetlands laws in 2009 by installing approximately 570 linear feet of rip-rap on the bank and bed of the Saco River without first obtaining a fill and dredge permit from DES.

Copies of the settlement agreements are available upon request.

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