DOJ indicts waste company in illegal dumping case
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June 6 — A New Jersey solid waste management company owner and three others face federal charges for allegedly dumping thousands of tons of asbestos contaminated debris on an upstate New York farm, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
New Jersey-based Mazza & Sons Inc. also was indicted in the case that allegedly involves some 30,000 tons of “asbestos-contaminated, pulverized construction and demolition debris” processed by the firm and a company called Eagle Recycling, also in New Jersey.
Those arrested include Dominick Mazza, 60, of Tinton Falls, N.J.; Julius DeSimone, 69, of Rome, N.Y.; Donald Torriero, 54, of Wellington, Fla.; and Cross Nicastro II, 59, of Frankfort, N.Y., the Justice Department said.
DeSimone managed dumping and excavating operations in 2006 at the farm site owned by Nicastro, the Justice Department alleged.
“According to court documents, Donald Torriero and other conspirators concealed the illegal dumping by fabricating a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) permit and forging the name of a DEC official on the fraudulent permit,” the Justice Department alleged.
“Once the conspirators learned that they were under investigation, they began a systematic pattern of document concealment, alteration and destruction by destroying and secreting documents responsive to grand jury subpoenas and falsifying and submitting environmental sampling to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” the Justice Department further alleged.
Eagle Recycling of North Bergen, N.J., previously pleaded guilty in April to one count of conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act’s prohibition on filling wetlands, the Justice Department said.
Eagle Recycling agreed to pay a criminal fine of $ 500,000 and pay restitution, which could include cleanup costs in Frankfort, the federal government said.
Contact Waste & Recycling News senior reporter Jim Johnson at 937-964-1289 or [email protected]
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