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Post date: July 8 2005

State Gains Cleanup Of Illegal Long Island Waste Dump

Attorney General Spitzer and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Denise M. Sheehan today announced the settlement of a lawsuit against a Nassau County company that has resulted in the cleanup of a solid waste dump which operated in violation of the law.

"Our action in this case prompted the cleanup of an illegal waste dump that had burdened nearby residents and businesses," said Attorney General Spitzer. "This case is a reminder that there are strict penalties for those who violate the state’s solid waste laws."

"This is an important agreement for the people of Nassau County and our environment," DEC Commissioner Sheehan said. "The cleanup of this illegal dumping site will protect the health of surrounding residents, renew the beauty of the surrounding community, and protect our natural resources from the hazards of illegal dumping. I am pleased that our persistent efforts have resulted in a complete cleanup of the site that is protective of the environment and will serve as a warning to those who misuse our resources violate our environmental laws."

On October 23, 2003, the state sued Gator Recycling Corp. for illegally operating a waste processing facility in Oceanside, Nassau County. At the time of the lawsuit, Gator had stockpiled large quantities of construction debris and other waste that was over 10 times the amount allowed on the site and was a nuisance to nearby residential neighborhoods and surrounding businesses.

The state obtained a court order preventing Gator from bringing any additional solid waste onto the site or selling the facility. In November 2003, the state entered into an agreement with Nathan Serota, the owner of the site, to clean up and close the facility. The owner complied, and DEC approved the cleanup and closure of the facility in April 2004.

Under today’s agreement, Serota Brown Court II - - a corporation managed by Nathan Serota - - will pay DEC $320,000 in penalties imposed against Gator and an additional $30,000 in late payments on Gator’s environmental monitoring account.

The case was handled by Assistant Attorneys General Yueh-ru Chu and Norman Spiegel of the Environmental Protection Bureau. DEC staff from both the Environmental Enforcement and Solid and Hazardous Materials divisions also worked extensively on the case.