Bennington to pay $21K for wetlands permitting violation
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources says the town of Bennington will pay a nearly $21,000 penalty for starting construction on a highway sand and salt shed two years ago without a final state wetland work permit.
The Bennington Banner reports that the fine and terms of the agreement were posted on Wednesday and now undergo a 30-day public comment period.
The fine had been expected but the amount was unknown.
Town Manager Stuart Hurd said in an email that the town “believes that the fine is a little stiff, given that the project actually reduces potential negative impacts on the wetland buffer.” He said it was a negotiated settlement and the town appreciates that it can pay it over time.