Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Spill Response and Complaint Investigation Section recently completed a successful investigation on October 13 and 14 and cleanup of illegal solid waste dumped on Success Pond Road in Berlin. A local forester reported the dumping of paints, a computer, and other residential trash to DES in late September. The investigation revealed that the waste was dumped by Berlin resident, Aaron Rasmussen. In lieu of a monetary fine, Mr. Rasmussen agreed to remove the solid wastes he was responsible for and complete a community service project consisting of cleaning up solid waste dumped by others along a spur road off Success Pond Road.
As part of the investigation and clean-up, DES personnel removed two compressed gas cylinders and a 5-gallon container of waste oil on the 13th. The following day, Mr. Rasmussen removed 1,140 pounds of mixed solid waste plus 18 tires and a refrigerator, and brought the wastes to the Androscoggin Valley Regional Refuse Disposal District (AVRRDD) transfer station.
DES has investigated numerous illegal dumpings along various logging roads in and around Berlin, particularly in the Success Pond and Jericho Lake areas. Furniture, appliances, asbestos, tires and general household trash are the most common items illegally disposed. All of these items can be legally disposed at the AVRRDD transfer station on Route 110 at little or no cost. Penalties for illegal dumping can range from conducting community service projects to administrative fines of $2,000 per violation to civil penalties of up to $25,000 per violation. Criminal prosecution as a misdemeanor by the New Hampshire Department of Justice may also result in $25,000 in fines and 12 months in jail for each violation in more serious cases. When the responsible party can not be identified, property owners may bear the burden of cleaning up solid waste.
Anyone observing such illegal activity is encouraged to contact local police or the DES Spill Response & Complaint Investigation Section: Concord, (603) 271-3899 or Gorham Field Office, (603) 466-5389.
For further information, contact:
Michael Galuszka, Spill Response & Complaint Investigation Section, Gorham, 466-5389
Carl F. Woodbury, Spill Response & Complaint Investigation Section, Concord, 271-2891