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Oct 10, 2016 2:01 PM

Complaint filed over permit conditions for new sports fields in Milford


MILFORD — Environmental activist Suzanne Fournier filed a formal complaint with the state Department of Environmental Services on Oct. 3 regarding what she calls numerous violations of permit conditions as the town prepares to build sports fields on the Brox property.

Milford is building two athletic fields on town-owned land near the Heron Pond elementary school, a plan opposed by Fournier's group, Brox Environmental Citizens, according to The Telegraph.

Two endangered reptile species, the Blanding's turtle and the Eastern hognosed snake, are said to be on or near the property, and Fournier says the town is putting them at risk.

She alleges that removal of an earthen berm on the site last week violates an alteration-of-terrain permit obtained from the DES.

DES engineer Gloria Andrews, however, said the town isn't violating its permit.

Fournier also alleges other violations, including removal of soil before vegetation was removed. A biologist should have been on-site immediately prior to earth removal, she told the paper, and there was no silt fence around the site, two state requirements.

Town Administrator Mark Bender told the paper Monday the town is in close contact with DES to make sure workers are fulfilling all state requirements.

John Kanter, supervisor in the Nongame Program at Fish and Game, had instructed the town to stop installing a silt fence last week, but the DPW proceeded anyway.

Kanter wasn't available for comment to the paper.

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