ALBANY—Salvatore Cascino and Bronx County Recycling, LLC were indicted June 14 for filing false documents with the state to hide illegal disposal of solid waste.
The indictment alleges that Mr. Cascino failed to list on three annual filings—2008, 2009, 2010—with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that unauthorized solid waste was received at Bronx County Recycling, according to a press release from Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo.
Mr. Cascino is a resident of Larchmont and owns that Bronx-based waste-hauling business along with a 300-acre property in Copake, called Copake Valley Farm, where, for the past 13 years, he has violated federal, state and town law by dumping without a permit and conducting other illegal activities.
He was arraigned on three counts of first degree offering a false instrument for filing before Acting Supreme Court Justice Daniel Lamont in Albany County Supreme Court and was released on own recognizance pending a July 1 court date. Each count is a class E felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.
“This recycler dumped dangerous construction debris and then routinely filed false reports with the state to hide his crime, as charged in today’s indictment. My office is committed to the protection of New York’s citizens and the conservation of the environment,” Attorney General Cuomo said in the release.
This indictment follows a previous indictment in Columbia County, alleging that between December 2008 and July 2009, Mr. Cascino and Bronx County Recycling recklessly operated an unpermitted landfill on State Route 9G in the Town of Clermont, where more than 70 cubic yards of solid waste was disposed of illegally. The Attorney General also filed a motion to force compliance with a consent decree prohibiting Mr. Cascino and his companies from accepting any solid waste at Copake Valley Farm.
A 2009 search at Mr. Cascino’s Copake property revealed that more solid waste had been dumped there since the effective date of the consent decree. Recent results of sampling of the solid waste revealed that it contained low levels of friable asbestos, which is regulated by DEC as a hazardous air pollutant.
The motion is pending and seeks an order requiring Mr. Cascino and the other defendants to promptly clean up the waste under DEC supervision.
“Once again, Mr. Cascino is facing charges for allegedly flouting environmental laws and putting public health and safety at risk. This is simply unacceptable. Our agency is committed to working with the Attorney General to prosecute such cases to the fullest extent in order to prevent improper dumping and ensure a safe environment,” State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis said in the release.
Bronx County Recycling, LLC, is a registered construction and debris processing facility located at 475 Exterior Avenue in the Bronx. A registered construction and debris processing facility is permitted to accept only uncontaminated, rock, asphalt, dirt and concrete and reprocess it for limited designated and permitted uses.
AG Cuomo thanked the DEC for its assistance in the investigation. The case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General James Woods and Assistant Attorney General Catherine Leahy Scott under the supervision of Criminal Prosecutions Bureau Deputy Chief Richard
Ernst and Bureau Chief Gail Heatherly with assistance by Michael Myers from the Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Bureau.