May 19, 2024


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Finger Lakes businesses convicted of illegally dumping desktops, TVs

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Two firms have been convicted for their roles in illegally disposing of 800 tons of digital squander, which includes laptop monitors and televisions, in Wayne County. 

The circumstance involving ALPCO Recycling and Finger Lakes Cleanup and Recycling Consultants commenced in 2015 with e-waste staying left at the Geneva Organization Progress Centre in Seneca County. The adhering to yr, Finger Lakes Cleanup and Recycling Consultants was employed to clear away the waste. 

In accordance to the point out legal professional general’s office environment and Department of Environmental Conservation, Craig Foster, a task manager with Finger Lakes Cleanup and Recycling Consultants, asked Alton Plumb, Jr., proprietor of ALPCO Recycling, for aid with the project. 

An arrangement involving Foster and Plumb called for ALPCO to approach the e-squander, even though the company did not have the correct allow. In a two-month period, from Could to July 2016, ALPCO processed 800 tons of e-squander. 

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“When dangerous waste is not managed effectively, it places families and communities at chance, and endangers the natural environment,” Attorney Typical Letitia James stated. “By disregarding general public security legislation and widespread feeling, these corporations place residents in harm’s way and trapped nearby communities with the mess they remaining powering.” 

The point out organizations partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Company to perform a joint investigation into the illegal disposal of the e-squander. ALPCO and Plumb pleaded guilty in Wayne County Courtroom to violating the state’s Environmental Conservation Law. For that charge, the sentence was a 1-calendar year conditional discharge and a $1,500 great. 

On top of that, ALPCO pleaded responsible to unauthorized possession, disposal and dealing in harmful wastes and obtained an unconditional discharge. Plumb also agreed to a DEC consent order that needed him to shell out $225,000 in fines for condition Environmental Conservation Regulation and permit violations. 

Foster and Finger Lakes Cleanup and Recycling Consultants admitted to unauthorized possession disposal and dealing in hazardous wastes and received a a single-calendar year conditional discharge. The firm also pleaded responsible to initial-diploma unlawful working in hazardous wastes, a course E felony, and was sentenced to a 3-12 months conditional discharge. Foster and the organization were being also every fined $5,000. 

“DEC’s comprehensive investigation and the joint enforcement action with Attorney Basic James and the U.S. EPA resulted in these convictions of two recycling providers and sends a solid message that New York point out is not a dumping floor for unlawful squander disposal and violators will be introduced to justice,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. 

Politics reporter Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or [email protected]. Observe him on Twitter @robertharding.

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