Vt. company fined for transporting leaky toilets
CONCORD — A Danville, Vt., portable toilet company was fined $6,000 for illegally transporting the toilets along Interstate 93 while they contained human waste.
Calkins Portable Toilet Inc., a licensed septage hauler for more than 20 years, pleaded guilty in Littleton District Court on Tuesday to three counts of reckless conduct, all Class A misdemeanors.
The company paid the fine, $1,500 of which was suspended for five years based on good behavior, in full the same day.
The negotiated pleas also require Calkins to make an educational presentation for the N.H. Association of Septage Haulers.
The charges stem from a July 20, 2013, incident when a state trooper noticed liquid leaking from a Calkins pickup truck loaded with three portable toilets as it traveled on I-93 in Littleton.
The trooper stopped the truck, discovered the toilets still had human waste in them, and contacted the N.H. Department of Environmental Services for guidance.
State law prohibits the transportation of portable toilets over public roads when they contain human waste.
They are required to be pumped out and the septage hauled by particular vehicles licensed to do so through NHDES, according to a news release issued by N.H. Attorney General Joseph A. Foster and NHDES Commissioner Thomas S. Burak.
A licensed Calkins’ septage hauling truck was called to the scene to pump out the waste so the pickup could return to the company.
Burak said NHDES has a responsibility to protect the public’s health and environment from mishandled transportation of human wastes.
“In this case, an observant trooper contributed to the safety of our roads for the public as well as to the environmental health of our state,” said Foster. “Not only is improperly transporting human waste a health and safety violation, but businesses that ignore our state’s environmental laws often obtain an unfair financial advantage over those that comply.”
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