The Toxic Landfill Owner admitting himself, about Illegal Dumping of Illegally Transported Debris.
April 9, 2017
These are pages from a sworn deposition of the business/landfill owner, the entire deposition is public knowledge with the Supreme court in Catskill, NY. In the toxic landfill owners own words, he is explaining a bit of truth about what has transpired. It's an admittance by the owner himself, about accepting Illegally transported debris. There are still many issues that are incorrect through this deposition, while sworn under oath, however it still shows the insanity of the situation surrounding this toxic landfill. One (of many) deceptive statements, is the years he has mentioned about the major activity of the tractor trailers from NYC/Long Island.
This statement is against the sworn statements from the neighboring residents that experienced these tractor trailers dumping through out many nights at the end of 2012-2013 (during hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts), until the neighbors had enough of all the illegal activity, and contacted the proper authorities. Also putting an end to what the landfill owners true intent, that he had expressed to both neighboring residents, after they inquired what was going on with all this dumping. He admitted to the neighbors that he planned on continuing to dump this construction/demolition debris, and expand his property all the way across the Protected Wetlands, and behind Ms. Martin's family home. Even in the DEC Officers deposition states he witnessed some of the tractor trailers dumping in 2013, but then turns around lying under oath stating it was leaves, and grass? This experience of the tractor trailer activity was only one issue of the extensive dumping activity. He admitted to being an excavator, and after completing an excavating job, he would dump the excess material at this property that he was paid to dispose of properly. An example- Say he gets contracted to dig up a leaking septic tank, oil tank, etc., there would be contaminated dirt that's dug up around the septic/oil tank, and most home owners don't want that contaminated septic waste dirt next to their home, so they pay him to dispose of it properly in a Waste Facility. The landfill owner admitted he would instead dump the contaminated waste dirt on this business/landfill property, next to families, and into protected wetlands.
The dumping of very questionable debris is still being dumped on this property, and neither the Town of Catskill, or Greene County, DEC, NYS Health Dept., etc. will enforce their laws to protect the neighboring families. There is not even any violations from the local municipality for this businessman creating this toxic landfill, or the activity of him continuing to dump illegal material.
This is Not a Solid Waste Facility. Which the toxic dumping that has already taken place, and the continuance of the dumping has led to the Martin family leaving the home they own. In this deposition he has admitted he has No permits to be dumping on this property. An odd fact also is the DEC Officer admits that the Palenville Bridge damaged in the Hurricanes, was dumped on this property from the Town of Catskill, where FEMA paid good $$ to dispose of the Hurricane damage properly. Where is the Extra FEMA $$ ? There is information that even the Town of Catskill trucks dumped on this property multiple times as well. Which is admission even the Town of Catskill helped to create this Illegal landfill. I am baffled that his own words in black n white, have not carried the weight it deserves to have. Another interesting issue about this insanity, that I will post later is this attached deposition, next to the deposition of the investigating DEC Officer Sean Dewey. Where the DEC officer is clearly lying under oath, after the businessman/landfill owner actually admits to the illegal transporting, and dumping of this debris in these pages of the deposition. The property owner stating tractor trailers are Construction Demolition debris transported from Long Island/NYC, and dumped over the banks of the Wetlands, with no information, or knowledge if any contamination/toxins that are in this illegal debris. Then the DEC Officer sworn under Oath, states that the debris was leaves n grass, transported from NYC/Long Island to be dumped on this property. Then after the tractor trailers dumped the leaves n grass, the tractor trailers would take the Palenville bridge, that the Town of Catskill "Stored" on this property back down to NYC/Long Island to be disposed of properly? The majority of the Palenville bridge is still buried on this property/landfill. There are so many deceptions through out these sworn depositions, and our "Proper Agency" the NYS DEC Region 4 is actually lying Under Oath? There are Town, and County laws against this type of dumping, and neither the Town of Catskill, or Greene County will enforce their already written laws on this illegal landfill? It seems that it would be an easy task to enforce, since it is already admitted to, and many photos of the construction debris that is everything these laws say are Illegal to Dump.
The laws also clearly state that there is no dumping of debris, especially transported from out of the Town of Catskill, even outside of Greene County? It states the reason for these dumping laws is it recognizes it is harmful to the residents? These local laws are separate from all the laws broken for dumping into Nationally/NYS Protected Wetlands, and this toxic landfill is still allowed to operate to this day?