Confronting DEC Officer about Falsifying Testing of Wetlands
April 9, 2017
This is a recording with Stella Martin (one of the neighbors of the illegal toxic landfill), confronting Lt. Kevin Beiter with the NYS DEC, about his deceptions, and manipulations by falsifying the wetlands testing.
For about a month Lt. Beiter, and other officials with the DEC, and NYS dept. of Health had been deceiving the neighboring residents about the true location of where the NYS DEC, and the NYS Health dept. took a water test of the toxic landfill. We have other recordings through out that month of waiting for the test results, recording these agencies deceiving the concerned residents. These agencies being very aware that the neighboring residents have been very concerned for the Health of their families, and the true impact this illegal toxic landfill has had on the NYS/Nationally Protected Wetlands. There is also a disagreement with the DEC Lt. is that the DEC agents continue to state that the debris was Only in the Wetlands buffer zone? The consent order that the DEC, and Landfill owner entered into was that the violation was for the toxic debris from Long Island was dumped over the slope, and directly into the wetlands? (Page of consent order include below) Martin is also confronting Lt.Beiter about test results of a very hazardous level of lead the DEC, and Health dept. have been neglecting. A hazardous level of lead at 1600ppm was found in a window of Martins family home. The EPA certified assessor stated from his investigation that "There are No hazards of lead inside, or outside of Martin's home, that this hazardous level of lead came from the outside environment". Which a short distance straight outside of the window tested of Martin's home, is a 50ft tall wall of this illegally transported Hurricane Sandy debris in our wetlands. Why go to these extreme lengths to deceive Mothers battling to protect their families? Why continue to deceive other agencies, reporters, other concerned residents, etc., with these false test results, consistently stating these false test results are of the Protected wetlands? Why not simply test this Illegal toxic landfill, that has been dumped directly into our Protected Wetlands, consisting of Illegally transported Hurricane Sandy construction/demolition debris from NYC/Long Island, illegally transported up to the beautiful Catskill area to be dumped next to families, and into protected waters? If there is nothing wrong here like our agencies, and local municipalities continue to imply, to protect this toxic property, why didn't they simply test it? There has been dumping activity for many years on this property with No Permits as a Solid Waste Landfill. It's been excess debris from excavation jobs, all the way up to the debris that terrible hurricanes had left in their path. We have been contacted by Solid Waste professionals that are concerned for this landfill, where we were told that there has been heavy metals, chemicals, and petroleums dumped on this property, and into our waters. The two neighboring families have been told to Leave their Homes to avoid the constant exposure. The neighboring resident Stella Martin a single mother of 3 children, needed to take these suggestions, because of the continuing major health impact on herself, and 3 children, and has left the Home she owns. Besides the many health ailments, and manipulations there was a constant harassment through out many nights for almost 2 years of security guards on the toxic landfill property, that continued nightly to make noises to annoy her dogs throughout All hours of the nights, and wake her family up. Not only annoying sounds, but these individuals throw things on her property at her dogs, gun shots through the nights, and many other forms of harassment, and intimidation. This issue has been responsible for numerous terrible nightmares for Stellas young children, finding it tough for them to process the security risks involved. There will be future posts of videos of this harassment this Mother has endured from this landfill property.
Harassment also from the local municipality because she is standing up, and battling for her family to have a safe environment, and help our Protected Wetlands, Like one man has stated as he visited the site,"Why go to these great lengths if its only a pile of dirt?" Below is the page of the consent order we had referred to. The rest of the consent order can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/regions_pdf/frededwardsorder.pdf
STATE OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION -------------------------------------------------------------- Conservation Law (“ECL”) Article 24and Title 6 of the OfficialCompilation of Codes, Rules andRegulations of the State of New York(“6 NYCRR”)-by-Fred Edwards 3050 Route 23A Palenville, NY ORDER ON CONSENT File No. R4-2013-0912-11412463 ---------------------------------------------------------------WHEREAS:Respondent1. The Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC” or “the Department”) has jurisdiction over the regulation of work in protected wetlands as shown on the Final Freshwater Wetlands Maps filed by county for the State of New York and described in Article 24 of the Environmental Conservation Law and the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.2. The Department is an executive department of the State of New York with jurisdiction over the environmental policy and laws of this state, pursuant to, inter alia, ECL § 3-0301. In particular, DEC has jurisdiction over the permitting and operation of solid waste management facilities pursuant to Article 27 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL).3. Respondent, Fred Edwards, owns property in and within a freshwater wetland (K-8) located at 2869 Route 23A, Palenville, New York (“the wetland”).4. On August 19, 2013, Department staff inspected the site and observed that Respondent had dumped fill consisting primarily of dirt, brick, cinder block, asphalt, concrete, wood chips and stone, over the slope down to and into the wetland5. Regulations at 6 NYCRR 663.4(d)(20) prohibits the filling of a wetland and its adjacent area.6. Respondent’s placement of fill in the wetland is a violation of regulations at 6 NYCRR 663.4(d)(20)