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April 5, 2013

State levies $700K penalty against company

Torromeo Industries must restore wetlands, diverted stream

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The settlement also protects 69 acres of wetlands Torromeo owns on Bayberry Pond.

He acknowledged moving a stream “about 10 feet,” saying they did so because the road was flooded thanks to beaver dams, and they couldn’t get into and out of the site.

“Most of this is caused by beavers,” Torromeo said. “We’re infested.”

He said the wetlands restoration is “99 percent” complete and the stream will be moved back.

While there’s some discrepancy in the number of acres of wetlands that have been restored, Burack applauded Torromeo for his cooperation.

“Restoration is an important component of resolving all violations. We cannot allow a penalty for a violation to simply be a cost of doing business,” Burack said. “I am pleased that Torromeo has cooperated with the state and has already restored almost 3 acres of wetlands.”

Under the EPA decision, Torromeo will pay a $135,000 civil penalty, implement a $500,000 Supplemental Environmental Project, and implement a compliance program to resolve “numerous violations of the Clean Water Act.”

One body that hasn’t filed any complaints against Torromeo is the town of Kingston.

“I haven’t had one complaint from the town,” he said yesterday.

In 2011, when the EPA filed its complaint against the company, then Selectman Charles Hart said the company had been a good neighbor for decades.

“They have been there a long time, paid their taxes and helped the town with a lot of things,” Hart said at the time. “There have been no issues or complaints.”

The Kingston facility includes gravel extraction, a crusher, a wash plant and a ready-mix plant.

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