RUTLAND-Vermont Atty. Gen. William H. Sorrell announced last week that David B. McLellan of Mt. Tabor was sentenced on three felony environmental crimes: one count of illegal storage or disposal of hazardous waste, one count of illegal storage or disposal of solid waste, and one count of illegal release of hazardous materials.
The convictions stem from an investigation conducted by the Vermont Attorney General's Office and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources in 2008 which discovered the burial by McLellan of 23 55-gallon steel drums containing hazardous materials, including waste oil, on his property in Mt. Tabor.
Judge Thomas A. Zonay sentenced McLellan to one to three years in jail, all suspended, and placed him on two years of probation, subject to standard and special probation conditions, including conditions that he: permit the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to access his business properties upon request, obtain all necessary permits for waste disposal, and appear before the Rutland County Reparative Board.
The judge also sentenced McLellan to pay $29,077.24 in restitution to the Agency of Natural Resources for excavation and cleanup costs and a $10,000 fine.