Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Randolph Wastewater Facility Settles After Water Pollution

Randolph — The state Agency of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that the town of Randolph has agreed to settle environmental violations stemming from a November 2012 mishap at the wastewater treatment facility that left “material and solids” floating down the White River.

Upon completion of an investigation, the town has agreed to pay a $28,175 penalty, put an additional $28,175 toward another environmental project and retain an independent consultant to assess the wastewater treatment plant’s operations, according to a news release from the agency.

The town’s wastewater treatment facility, located on Hedding Drive, discharges into the White River, requiring a discharge permit.

In November 2012, the Agency of Natural Resources received a complaint “of floatable material and solids being discharged from the wastewater treatment facility to the third branch of the White River,” the release stated. “(Officials) observed toilet paper, human waste and grease discharging from the facility’s outflow pipe.”

Investigation concluded that “operator error” ultimately caused the water pollution. The release states that the facility’s aerators were “inoperable” and that the problem wasn’t reported to the proper party, which was a breach in the discharge permit. Other violations also surfaced.

The problems have since been resolved and the plant is operating in compliance, according to the release.

The town will soon be getting a new wastewater treatment plant to replace the existing facility, which was built in 1969 with a 30-year maximum life expectancy. According to The Herald of Randolph, a bid was awarded to T. Buck Construction, of Auburn, Maine, at the Randolph Selectboard meeting on Aug. 12 for roughly $7.5 million.

Randolph Man Dies In Brookfield, Vt. Car Crash

Randolph — A 64-year-old Randolph man died in a one-car accident on Interstate 89 in Brookfield, Vt., on Monday, according to a news release from Vermont State Police.

Police said Peter Smithers was the only occupant in a 2006 Toyota Tundra traveling southbound and dragging a pull-behind camper shortly before 3 p.m. Initial investigation showed that the pull-behind camper began to fishtail, causing Smithers to lose control of the vehicle, which rolled over.

Smithers was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said Smithers was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors, they said.

Attempts to reach members of Smithers’ family were unsuccessful on Tuesday.

Traffic Restrictions On Mount Support Road This Week

Lebanon — Traffic along Mount Support Road in Lebanon will be restricted for two days this week, according to a release from the city’s Department of Public Works.

Due to construction by R. D. Edmunds, including cold-planing, slope work and paving, travel along the route will be reduced to alternating, one-way lanes today and Thursday.

Lebanon’s Department of Public Works advises motorists to expect delays and seek alternate routes.

— Staff reports