VT Toilet Company Pleads Guilty to Transporting Portable Toilets With Human Waste in NH

By Joe Gullo

Published 08/06 2014 12:22PM

Updated 08/06 2014 12:28PM

CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office says that a Vermont rental toilet company plead guilty to recklessly transporting portable toilets while they contained human waste.

Calkins Portable Toilet, Inc., entered the plea on Wednesday. The company agreed to pay a $6,000 fine and make an educational presentation for the New Hampshire Association of Septage Haulers. The Attorney General's Office says $1,500 of the fine will be suspended upon five years of good behavior.

In July 2013, a New Hampshire State Police trooper noticed liquid leaking from a Calkins pickup truck that had three portable toilets traveling on I-93 near Littleton, N.H. A press release says the trooper inspected the vehicle and found the toilets were not emptied prior to transporting them.

“In this case, an observant trooper contributed to the safety of our roads for the public as well as to the environmental health of our state,” said N.H. Attorney General Joseph Foster. “Not only is improperly transporting human waste a health and safety violation, but businesses that ignore our state’s environmental laws often obtain an unfair financial advantage over those that comply."

New Hampshire law prohibits transportation of public toilets on public roads when they contain human waste. Toilets must be pumped out and the septage must be hauled by a vehicle licensed by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

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