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North Country

Intervale Firm Accused of Water Pollution In The North Country

An Intervale firm is in trouble with the Environmental Protection Agency over allegations of water pollution in the North Country.

 NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

CSG Holdings – also known as Columbia Sand & Gravel - is accused of allowing polluted water to get into the Connecticut River.

“The nature of the discharge from the site contained large amounts of suspended solids basically.  Sand.  Silt.”

That’s David Deegan, an EPA spokesman.

 “When it is discharged directly into the river it can have a very substantial impact on habitat for aquatic organisms and the overall health of the river.”

The EPA complaint contends the violations occurred between 2007 and 2010.

The company could be fined almost $533,000.

Lloyd A. Drew of Intervale was the president of CSG.

He also owns a general contracting business.

His son, Kevin, said the family plans to contest the charges.

That means a hearing is likely later this year.

Almost a year ago CSG was sold.

For NHPR News this is Chris Jensen