Firm fined for violations

CONCORD – The state has fined a firm $2,965 for dust violations and other problems related to a Windham rock-crushing operation.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services announced a “fine by consent” of John J. Paonessa Co., inc., of Lowell, Mass., involving an operation at 62 Haverhill Road, Windham.

The Paonessa Co. agreed to pay the fine for failing to obtain a permit prior to the startup of rock crushing operations, failing to test equipment within 180 days of startup, and fugitive dust violations.

It began operating the rock crusher, powered by a diesel generator, at the Windham site in January 2007. In response to a dust complaint in October of 2007, a DES inspector discovered that the company had not obtained a permit. On February 12, 2008, DES inspected the site and discovered that the company was not employing the fugitive emission control system while operating the rock crusher, exceeding state opacity standards.

The Environmental Site Investigation Report is available for public review at the Town of Windham public library and at the DES office at 29 Hazen Drive, Concord. The report is also available on-line via the Department’s web site at www.des.nh.gov.