MILTON, Vt. — A Vermont fuel company has been fined more than $18,000 by the state for illegally cutting open oil storage tanks and lighting the fuel on fire to get rid of the excess oil.
The Agency of Natural Resources says it began investigating Rowley Fuels of Milton in March 2015 after getting a complaint about black smoke coming from one of its facilities. Authorities say two employees had slashed open two old heating oil storage tanks and were burning the excess fuel, sending toxic pollutants into the air at ground level where they could easily be inhaled.
The company was fined $18,600 for multiple violations of state waste management and air quality regulations. A company official did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday.