Homeowner agrees to pay fines for air pollution violations
Concord, NH - Commissioner Thomas S. Burack of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services announced today that Daniel Weed of Bow has agreed to pay a fine of $5,500 for alleged violations of the State's Air Pollution Control Act that occurred on March 21, 2009, when Mr. Weed burned a vacant house on property he owns in Webster. DES has agreed to permanently suspend $1,647 of the fine, provided that Mr. Weed does not violate any DES rules during the next 12 months.
DES alleged that Mr. Weed violated RSA 125-C:10 and Env-A 1001.09, which prohibit the burning of construction and demolition debris, including the wood component of that material. In addition, DES did not receive prior notification of the proposed demolition of the house, and the house was not inspected for asbestos prior to the demolition, both of which are DES requirements.
"The reason we have these rules regarding demolition and open burning is that they are necessary to protect human health and the environment," said DES Commissioner Burack. "Intentionally burning a house that has not been surveyed for asbestos creates a health risk for the person who set the fire and for the firefighters who respond to the blaze. Even if no asbestos is present, the smoke from the blaze could cause respiratory problems for those nearby and degrade air quality."
For information on the settlement with Daniel Weed or on New Hampshire's air regulations, contact Pam Monroe, DES Compliance Bureau Administrator, at 271-0882.
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