Nearly five years after illegally dumping more than 8,000 tons of construction debris that contained asbestos products into an unauthorized New York landfill, a New Jersey recycling company has been hit with a substantial fine as part of its punishment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
According to NJ.com, the North Bergen-based Eagle Recycling recently signed a plea agreement regarding illegal dumping they performed at a at Frankfort, NY property between July and October 2006. In that timeframe, 8,100 tons of “pulverized construction and demolition debris” that included asbestos products were dumped improperly, potentially releasing dangerous fibers and chemicals into the air.
Eagle also took numerous illegal steps to conceal their makeshift landfill, making shady deals with a trucking company to transport the debris, forging a phony New York State Department of Environmental Conservation permit and falsifying the signature of a DEC official, and destroying incriminating documents as their facility was being entered by law official after a search warrant was issued for the site.
Heads of the company also falsified a number of certifications and submitted false information to a grand jury once the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency became involved in the situation.
As part of the plea agreement for their indiscretions, Eagle agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty, initiate a new environmental compliance plan at its North Bergen facility, and pay any restitution/cleanup fees. The EPA took over the Frankfort site in 2007 and capped it to prevent any additional chemicals or fibers from being released into the air.
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