Logger Ordered to Stop Damaging Natural Resources

ALBANY – It is against Vermont state law to cut more than 40 acres of trees without receiving approval from the state, and it is also against Vermont law to disrupt water flow or allow debris to enter steams within the state without a permit. The state has been working with an Orleans man for years over issues with his logging practices in Albany. Finally the state has a preliminary injunction to help force the man to comply with the laws. A Washington Superior Court judge has ordered Reginald Riendeau of Orleans to address water quality issues at his logging operation on his 250-acre property in Albany. The preliminary injunction stems from a lawsuit filed by the State of Vermont that alleges Riendeau failed to follow the Acceptable Management Practices for maintaining water quality on logging jobs. His practices, according to court documents, resulted in the discharge of pollutants to state waters, which violates state water protection laws. The state also alleges that Riendeau violated Vermont’s Heavy Cutting Law by failing to notify the state of his plan to cut 40 acres or more. Please see the Newport Daily Express Tuesday for the complete story.