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August 24, 2015

Rowley Fuels, Inc., Discharged Kerosene to Lake Champlain; Agrees to Pay $11,250 Penalty

A Rowley Fuels employee delivered 222 gallons of Kerosene to an improperly installed tank on the shore of Lake Champlain in South Hero, VT. As a result the kerosene left the tank and migrated under the building's foundation and into Lake Champlain.

A major clean-up initiative was launched which included the demolition of a brand new bunkhouse, removal of the foundation and removal of 425 tons of contaminated soils. Absorbent pads were placed leading to the lake, and absorbent booms were installed into Lake Champlain to help capture the kerosene. The contractor collected 140 gallons of free product with the absorbents during the operation.

After the clean-up was completed, Rowley Fuels agreed to pay a penalty of $11,250 to resolve the violation. That settlement has now been approved by the Environmental Court.

Contact: Attorney Randy J. Miller, II, randy.miller@vermont.gov, 802-272-1744

Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: August 24, 2015 09:00:00