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Citizen Suit Filed Against Omya, Inc.

Citizen Suit Filed Against Omya, Inc. on Behalf of Florence, VT, Residents

South Royalton, VT (June 24, 2005) - A federal lawsuit was filed today on behalf of three residents of Florence, VT, and Residents Concerned about Omya (RCO) challenging the waste disposal practices of Omya, Inc., a multi-national corporation that processes calcium carbonate in Florence, VT.

The suit was filed by the Vermont Law School Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC). The suit, filed before the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont in Brattleboro, alleges that Omya’s “open dumping of chemically contaminated solid waste” is creating “an imminent and substantial endangerment to health or the environment,” both of which violate the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). A copy of the complaint is available online.

The following individuals are available for interview:

  • Patrick Parenteau, ENRLC Senior Counsel, (802) 831-1305
  • Bev Peterson, Plaintiff, (802) 483-0090
  • Bob DeMarco, Plaintiff, (802) 885-7565

Vermont Law School has two pro bono legal clinics: the South Royalton Legal Clinic and the ENRLC. The clinics provide annual assistance to over 200 individuals in the region and an array of local, regional, and national groups, respectively.

Vermont Law School, an independent, private law school, is the only law school in Vermont. The school’s general law curriculum is complemented by a leading program in environmental law. VLS offers a traditional Juris Doctor (J.D.) curriculum that emphasizes the public-serving role of lawyers, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (M.S.E.L.) degree for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, and a post-J.D. degree, the LL.M. in Environmental Law. The school also features innovative experiential programs. For more information please call (802) 831-1309, or visit Vermont Law School on the Web at www.vermontlaw.edu.