North / South America
RI officials cite quarry for wetlands violations
Jul, 30 2012
(Westerley) -- The president of a construction materials company says allegations of wetlands violations at a quarry are due to conditions before his company began doing business at the site.
The Westerly Sun reports that the state Department of Environmental Management accuses Copar Quarries of Connecticut and Rhode Island and two other companies of altering freshwater wetlands at a Westerly site without a permit; failing to obtain a stormwater discharge permit and other discharge permits; and improperly disposing solid waste.,
Copar Quarry leases the quarry land from Westerly Granite Co. and Sacco Enterprises leased the land before Copar, which started operations in late 2010.
Sam Cocopard, president and chief executive of Copar Quarries, said the conditions were already a factor when the company moved in and it's working to try to fix the problem.
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