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Apr 7, 2016 1:22 PM

State charges Jaffrey fireworks business with operating an improper landfill

CONCORD - The state Attorney General's office has filed criminal charges against a fireworks business in Jaffrey.

According to the Keene Sentinel, the state is accusing Atlas PyroVision and its Jaffrey landowner, a company called PLH, of operating a private landfill on Old Sharon Road.

In the indictments, prosecutors accuse Atlas and PLH of storing computer and television monitors with cathode ray tubes outside in the elements without obtaining a permit from the state’s Department of Environmental Services. They further say waste was buried, also without a permit.

Atlas’ Chief Executive Officer and Director Stephen T. Pelkey issued a statement in response to the allegations.

“Atlas and PLH, LLC understand that the charges recently filed against them by the State relate to the storage of computer/tv monitors at their secure facility located on Old Sharon Road in Jaffrey, NH, and the burial of broken glass from some of the monitors, which was identified and removed from the site in 2013. Currently, Atlas, as part of a plan developed by environmental experts, is managing the remaining monitors under NH’s Universal Waste rules pending transfer of the remaining monitors to appropriate recycling facilities.”

Pelkey said the companies plan to waive arraignment and plead not guilty by mail.

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