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Even more fines for Cascino

Dec 23, 2010 10:50 am
The Columbia Paper follows up on the story the Register-Star reported Sunday that Copake firefighters put out three burning piles of construction and demolition material at Salvatore Cascino’s Copake Valley Farm on Route 22 Saturday afternoon, after being called to the scene by a state Department of Environmental Conservation officer who was allegedly investigating illegally controlled burns. This came two days after Cascino was found not guilty of a charge that he dumped more than 70 cubic yards of solid waste and petroleum at an unpermitted facility in Clermont. Now Diane Valden reports two days after Saturday's incident, a truck driver who works for Cascino and was driving a truck owned by Cascino, was ticketed for hauling a load of construction debris from Cascino's Copake land to his property in Dover Plains, Dutchess County. From The Columbia Paper story:
"The DEC's Region 3 press office provided The Columbia Paper with a list of 10 offenses for which the driver and Cascino's business entities were cited by DEC Officer Deo Read III. Truck driver Steven P. Grafals was charged with transporting an uncovered load of solid waste, a violation that carries a fine that can range between $1,500 and $15,000 if the person or company is guilty. He was also charged with the release of 30 cubic yards of solid waste into the environment, a misdemeanor for which the penalty is a fine ranging from $3,750 to $22,500 upon conviction. Taconic Meadows, LLC, and Bronx County Recycling, LLC, Mr. Cascino's business entities, were each cited for release of 30 cubic yards of solid waste into the environment, a misdemeanor; operating a solid waste facility without a permit, a violation ($1,500 to $15,000 fine); disturbing a protected stream without a permit, a misdemeanor (possible fine of up to $10,000); and altering a fresh water wetland without a permit, a violation (potential fine of $500 to $1,000)."