By Jo-Anne MacKenzie
---- — LONDONDERRY — A local company must pay $50,000 in fines for transporting and storing solid waste without a permit. Thibeault Corporation of New England of 603 Mammoth Road in Londonderry was indicted just over a year ago by a Rockingham County grand jury on four counts of storing construction and demolition debris at its facility without a permit from the state Department of Environmental Services.
TCNE also was charged with three counts of illegally transporting solid waste. The firm faced similar charges in Merrimack County.
New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney announced last week the company had pleaded guilty to four felony charges. The waste was stored at non-permitted facilities in Londonderry and Allenstown. TCNE was ordered to pay $50,000 in fines by Jan. 7, 2013. That order came out of Merrimack County Superior Court. Another $50,000 in fines was suspended, pending future “good behavior” by the company, Delaney said.
The state requires a DES permit to transport solid waste and to dispose of such waste at a non-permitted facility.
“The Legislature put these solid waste requirements in place for the safety and benefit of all of us and our environment,” NHDES Commissioner Thomas Burack said in a prepared statement.
TCNE, started in 1983, is owned by Ernest Thibeault III, who also operates Allenstown Aggregate, a construction supply business.
The investigation was a joint effort by Delaney’s office, NHDES, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Londonderry and Allenstown police departments.
After the indictments were handed up last fall, company controller Bonnie Wadsworth issued a statement on the firm’s behalf.
“Thibeault Corporation has been cooperating with the attorney general’s office for nearly a year and has provided volumes of information to the office over this period of time,” the statement said. “Thibeault Corporation and Ernest Thibeault deny the charges, will vigorously defend the allegations, and are confident that they will be vindicated upon the conclusion of this matter.”