Bennington may be able to use salt shed despite environmental fine

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Vermont town of Bennington may still be able to use a salt shed that incurred environmental fines.

The Bennington Banner reports officials constructed the 6,400-square-foot shed after voters approved the project in 2017. A wetland permit was issued following the start of construction.

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation's Environmental Compliance Division later received complaints about unauthorized tree clearing and improper asphalt dumping at the site.

Environmental Compliance Division Director Kim Greenwood says talks with the town are ongoing. A single violation carries a fine of up to $42,500.

It's unclear if the department can bar the town from using the new shed. Town officials say the project is under review by the Agency of Natural Resources.

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