WASHINGTON — Information released by the Office of the Attorney General’s reports that as of June 25, Attorney General William Tong secured a temporary injunction ordering a Washington-based waste hauler to immediately cease unauthorized storage of solid waste that has become a neighborhood nuisance and threat to public health.
In addition to the temporary injunction, the Office of the Attorney General has filed a suit again RRR & Maintenance seeking a court order to compel remediation of the site as well as civil penalties up to $25,000 per day per violation.
Neighbors complained that RRR & Maintenance, Inc., owned by Francis Hodges, has been storing as many as 30 overflowing dumpsters filled with household garbage at the property at 237 Roxbury Rd. The garbage was causing a stench, was infested with flies and a threat to the environment, neighbors said.
The Office of the Attorney General, on behalf of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, successfully sought a temporary injunction in Hartford Superior Court that required RRR & Maintenance to immediately cease transporting or accepting solid waste and to immediately arrange for the transportation of stored waste at the Roxbury Road site to a permitted facility.
The waste must now be removed within 10 days and a report detailing compliance must be submitted to the Court within 15 days.
The attorney general’s office, on behalf of DEEP, is seeking a penalty of up to $25,000 per day for each day the defendants fails to comply with the terms of the injunction, with the possibility of incarceration should the injunction terms not be fully satisfied.
Assistant Attorneys General Michael W. Lynch and Krista E. Trousdale assisted the attorney general on the matter.
Attorney General Tong stated his office is prepared to take aggressive action “to enforce the injunction and ensure RRR & Maintenance takes all necessary action to remediate the property.”
“The site has been subject of numerous local complaints about odors and pests,” said Lee Sawyer, spokesperson for DEEP. “This action today by the attorney general sends an unmistakable message that this conduct is unacceptable and this site must be cleaned up.”