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Kerosene Leak

Hartford, CT: (Dec-18-07) Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and the Department of Environmental Protection brought charges against Rivermead, Inc., Brewer Family Partnership, Brewer Family LLC, and Colonial Mobile Home Park, Inc., current and previous owners or operators of two adjacent mobile home parks, Rivermead and Colonial, alleging that the two large East Hartford mobile home communities passed on the million-dollar cost of cleaning up a heating fuel leak to tenants in monthly rent payments. The suit stated that the defendants passed on environmental cleanup of kerosene that had leaked from small diameter, copper underground heating supply lines to the individual units in the 480-unit residential mobile home neighborhoods.

As part of a settlement reached with the state, Rivermead and Colonial were ordered to investigate and remediate the contamination, as well as pay a $50,000 civil penalty to the state. The deal prohibits them from imposing the cost of the cleanup and penalty on residents through steep rent increases. To ensure this, the judgment imposes a three-year freeze on rent increases above 3.7 percent. State officials claimed that the park operators have replaced the entire 2.5 mile underground piping system meeting all regulatory requirements. [Z WIREL KEROSENE LEAK]

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Published on Dec-24-07


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