Cordray wants action at demolition debris site

Keith Loria Dec. 7, 2010, 11:45am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray announced on Monday that he has filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against a construction facility that allegedly violated state environmental laws.

C&D Disposal Technologies LLC and owner/operator Joseph G. Scugoza allegedly engaged in a series of ongoing violations at a Jefferson County-based demolition debris facility.

Cordray filed a lawsuit in April alleging 13 counts of state construction and demolition debris and solid waste law violations. The suit alleges that the facility was accepting solid waste, even though it was only licensed by the Jefferson County Board of Health to accept only construction and demolition debris.

In the suit, Cordray alleges that C&D Disposal Technologies illegally accepted and disposed of solid waste at its facility no less than eight times. The company is also accused of water pollution, which allegedly occurred by open dumping solid waste and illegally disposing of construction and demolition debris in a nearby stream.

The preliminary injunction seeks a more immediate ruling in the case. Cordray wants the court to order Scugoza and the company to stop accepting waste at the facility unless it meets certain requirements.

"After many opportunities, the company has failed to address the numerous violations that continue to pose a threat to the environment and public safety," Cordray said. "We are now forced to ask the court to intervene and order the landfill to stop operating until it comes into compliance with the law."

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