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New York Attorney General sues Saugerties dump site owner over continued environmental violations

New York Attorney General sues Saugerties dump site owner over continued environmental violations

The lawsuit seeks civil penalties for violations of multiple provisions of state solid waste laws at the three sites, with maximum statutory penalties for each violation ranging from $7,500 to $22,500 and additional penalties ranging from $1,500 to $22,500 for each day each that violation has continued. The suit also seeks civil penalties of up to $37,500 per day for each violation for operating each of the three dump sites without the required state water pollution control permit. Finally, the suit asks the court to revoke Karolys’ solid waste management facility registration and order Joseph and Rachel Karolys to remove — and lawfully dispose of — all waste from the three sites.

No dumping here: Police shut down Karolys’ Saugerties C&D operation

No dumping here: Police shut down Karolys’ Saugerties C&D operation

On Thursday, Dec. 12 a fast-approaching Mack truck cut through the early-morning hush of Route 212 in the Town of Saugerties, just a few minutes away from depositing another load of construction and demolition debris at Joe Karolys’ dump. But after 10 months of court-ordered inaction in enforcing the numerous stop-work orders issued to Karolys, this morning there was action.

Suit to stop Saugerties dumping still pending

Suit to stop Saugerties dumping still pending

Trucks can continue to come on and off Joe Karolys’ three construction and demolition debris dumping sites in Saugerties until at least September 11 after state Supreme Court Judge Richard Mott adjourned an August 22 hearing in which the town was seeking to overturn the Temporary Restraining Order that prevents it from enforcing stop work orders at the sites.

Attorneys for Karolys, Saugerties square off in State Supreme Court over C&D dumps

Attorneys for Karolys, Saugerties square off in State Supreme Court over C&D dumps

In the third session of a state Supreme Court hearing on the matter of alleged illegal C&D material dumping, Saugerties resident Joe Karolys’ counsel argued on Monday, August 21 that samples of construction and demolition material on his client’s property taken by state Department of Environmental Conservation personnel indicating the presence of pesticides and heavy metals such as mercury were false, and that media attention vilifying his client as a “polluter” had irreparably damaged his business.