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DEC warns of offers of free fill

Aug 13, 2018 5:00 am

Patricia Doxsey is reporting in the Daily Freeman area residents are being warned of offers for free fill. Anyone planning to receive fill from New York City must notify the state Department of Environmental Conservation five days before the materials are delivered, and landowners should inspect the materials before allowing them to be dumped on their property, according to an advisory issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Landowners are also urged to request documentation of the origin of the fill and its transportation. “As the saying goes: A deal too good to be true probably is,” said Commissioner Basil Seggos. He urged landowners to be “skeptical” if a contractor offers free fill and to refuse any materials coming from New York City without proper documentation. In July, charges were brought against 24 persons and 12 corporations, including a Suffolk County company implicated in illegal dumping in the town of Rochester, Ulster County, in 2017. The state Department of Environmental Conservation found 10 illegal dump sites in Ulster County and two in Dutchess County as part of its investigation, which, according to agency officials, is ongoing. The material reportedly tested positive for several toxic chemicals, including arsenic and lead. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.