STATE OF MAINE: PENOBSCOT, ss. STATE OF MAINE, 1 DEPARTMENT OF' ENVIRONMENTAL ) PROTECTION ) Plaintiffs v. STRICTLY MOBILE HOMES, INC. and KENNETH J. NELSON Defendants
SUPERIOR COURT CNIL ACTION DOCKET NO. CV-05-47 * I.-. !
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F ILED & E NTERED
MAY 2 5 2006
P ENOBSCOT COUNTY
WHEREAS, .Defendant Strictly Mobile Homes, Inc. owns, and by and through its president and sole sh;areholder,Defendant Kenneth J. Nelson (together known as "Defendants") operates Stillwater Avenue Mobile Home Park, located in Orono, Penobscot County, State o f Maine; and WHEREAS, the parties agree that the Complaint states a cause of action against the Defendants; and WHEREAS, the Defendants admit that they did operate and/or maintain a surface wastewater disposal system (the "wastewater lagoons") located at the Stillwater Avenue Mobile Home Park, without first obtaining a license from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP"), in violation of 38 M.R.S.A.
8 41 3(1-A); and that they
discharged or caused to be discharged wastewater from the wastewater lagoons to waters of the State without first obtaining a license from the DEP, in violation of 38 M.R.S.A.
4 13(1), all as more fully set forth in the Complaint; and
WHEREAS, the parties agree to the entry of this Order without any further findings of any law or fact; and WHEREAS, this Consent Order was filed with the Court at least 30 days before approval, and notict: of the proposed Consent Order was published in a newspaper having general circulation in Orono, as required by 38 M.R.S.A. @ 347-A (6) (B); and WHEREAS, the Court has considered the pleadings and representation of counsel for all parties; and WHEREAS, the Court finds that it has jurisdictior, over this action; and WHEREAS, the Court finds this Order to be a full, fair and reasonable disposition of all claims set forth in the Complaint in this action. THEREFORE, the Court finds that Defendants Strictly Mobile Homes, Inc. and Kenneth J. Nelson have violated Sections 4 13(1) and 41 3(1 -A) of the Protection and Improvement of Waters Act, 38 M.R.S.A. $ 8 361 et seq., by operating and/or maintaining a surface wastewater disposal system at the Stillwater Avenue Mobile Home Park without first obtaining a license fiom the DEP, and discharging or causing to be discharged wastewater fiom that system to waters of the State without first obtaining a license from the DEF', all as more fully set forth in the Complaint; IT IS 'THEREFORE ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that Defendants Strictly h4obile Homes, Inc. and Kenneth J. Nelson shall take the following actions in accordance with the following schedule:
Defendants sh.all achieve compliance with the Protection and Improvement of
Waters Act by designing and constructing a new wastewater disposal system for the
Stillwater Avenue Mobile Home Park and permanently discontinuing the wastewater lagoons, all in acco~rdance ith applicable statutes and regulations, pursuant to the w following schedule: 1. Defendants shall evaluate sludge in the wastewater lagoons, in accordance with applicable DEI' regulations, and submit the evaluations to DEP on or before March 17,2006; and 2. Defendants shall submit a concept plan for a new subsurface wastewater disposal system at the Stillwater Avenue hfobile Home Park to Gregg Wood of the DEP on or before April 15,2006; and
3 . Defendants shall submit an application for a new subsurface wastewater
disposal system to the Department of Health and Human Services ("DHHS") and the DEP on or before May 15,2006; and 4. Defendanits shall submit any information requested by DHHS or the DEP by 14 days after such request; and 5. Defendanls shall commence construction of the new subsurface wastewater disposal system at the Stillwater Avenue Mobile Home Park by 15 days after the DHHS approval; and 6. Construction of the subsurface wastewater disposal s ystea shall be completed, and that system fully operational, all in conformance with the approval issued by the DHHS, by 60 days alter the start of construction; and 7. defendant,^ shall evaluate the sludge in the wastewater lagoons, in accordance with applicable DEP regulations, and submit the evaluation to DEP within 15 days of the new subsurface wastewater disposal system becoming operational; and
8. Defendants shall submit a Notice of Discontinuance with a reclamation plan, as required by DEP regulations, Chapter 550, 65 2 and 3, by 15 days after the new subsurface wastewater disposal system becomes operational; and
9. If the sludge evaluations required in paragraphs 1 and 7 above demonstrate
that the sludge is appropriate for use as a soil conditioner, as determined by the DEP, Defendants shall permanently discontinue the wastewater lagoons, in accordance with all applicable DEP statutes and regulations and with the DEP's approved reclamation plan on or before August 1,2007; and 10. If the sludge evaluations required in paragraphs 1 and 7 above demonstrate that the sludge is not appropriate for use as a soil conditioner, as determined by the DEP, Defendants shall submit a reclamation plan, as required in paragraph 8 above, that complies with all applicable DEP statutes and regulations.
A. Amount and Pavment Schedule.
Defendants sliall pay to the Treasurer, State of Maine, a total civil monetary penalty of Eighteen Thousand dollars ($18,000.00) for the violations detailed in the Complaint. Payment shall be made as follows: Six Thousand dollars ($6,000) to be paid on or before 180 day:j after the date of judicial approval of this Order; Six Thousand dollars ($6,000.00) to b e paid on or before 360 days of judicial approval of this Order; and Six Thousand dollars ($6,000.00) to be paid on or before 540 days of judicial approval of this Order. Checks made out to the Treasurer, State of Maine, shall be sent to Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection, 17 State House Station, Augusta, Maine, 04333-00 17.
Defendants shall pay to the Treasurer, State of Maine, the following stipulated penalties upon demand: One Hundred dollars ($100) for each calendar day starting from the first day in which Defendants have not fully or timely complied with each of the deadlines as set forth in paragraph I above, or for which payment of the penalty installments is not received by the DEP', as set forth in paragraph 1 (A) above. 1 Plaintiffs, at their option, may pursue any other remedy available to them in lieu of a demand for stipillated penalties.
JOINT AND, SEVERAL LIABILITY
Defendants Strictly Mobile Homes, Inc. and Kenneth J. Nelson are jointly and
severally liable for all obligations ordered herein.
Plaintiffs hereby release Defendants from all civil claims set forth in the
Plaintiffs' Complaint filed in this action. The State retains all rights available to it to enforce any violation of this Consent Order. The State also retains all its rights under a applicable laws, regullations and licenses to enforce a r~ynd all violsltions not specifically set forth in the Compllaint filed in this action.
A. Court Jurisdiction
The Court shall retain jurisdiction for the purpose of enabling any party to this Consent Order to apply to this Court at any time for such modifications of this Order as
may be necessary for enforcement of any teims of this Order, or for any other action necessary or appropriate to effectuate the terms of this Order. Any modifications of this Consent Order must be in writing.
The parties tnay agree in writing to reasonable extensions of time for any of the actions required under this Consent Order and such extensions shall extend the period of time for purposes of stipulated penalties under Section 11.
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SEEN AND AGREED TO:
STATE OF MAINE AND DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Department of Attorney General Maine Bar No. 82 12 6 State House Station Augusta, Maine 04333-0006 (207) 626-8582
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