The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has taken action to force the removal of what it calls an illegal mountain of construction and demolition debris in Newark that has accumulated next to the New Jersey Turnpike, according to Bob Martin, commissioner of that agency.
The DEP has issued two enforcement orders totaling $2.9 million in penalties against Theodore Fiore and his companies, T. Fiore Recycling and T. Fiore Demolition Co., according to a news release issued by the DEP.
The first order issues $2.6 million in fines and orders the removal of the stockpile of debris. The second order fines Fiore and T. Fiore Recycling $320,000 for violating stormwater control regulations related to runoff from the site.
The debris pile is more than 75 feet high and contains an estimated 175,000 to 200,000 cubic yards of materials, according to the DEP. The agency says that the pile is about 45 feet higher and five to six times the volume the facility is allowed to store under its existing construction debris recycling approval from the DEP.
“As we have made abundantly clear over the years in other parts of the state, we will not tolerate illegal and unsightly mountains of concrete, debris and dirt that negatively impact the environment and our communities,” says Commissioner Martin. “Through this illegal dumping, Mr. Fiore and his companies have blatantly disregarded our rules and regulations, maximizing profit at the expense of the environment. They will be held accountable for their actions and fix this problem.”
The also says the DEP has revoked Fiore’s recycling approvals and has dispatched inspectors to turn away any haulers that attempt to deposit more materials at the facility.