Man Ordered To Stop Illegal Dumping At New Jersey Home

Steve Burns
August 23, 2019 - 4:06 pm
Vernon dirt pile

Sean Adams/WCBS 880


VERNON, N.J. (WCBS 880) — A judge ruled Thursday that there is illegal dumping still happening at a home in New Jersey.

Superior Court Judge Maritza Berdote Byrne denied an appeal by Joseph Wallace, a Vernon man who allowed trucks to illegal dump onto his property for years, resulting in a 75-foot tall pile of toxic debris.

Months ago, testing was conducted on the pile to find it was writhe with carcinogens, according to WCBS 880's Steve Burns. Residents are now worried the toxins are seeping into the water supply.

The state ordered Wallace to clean up his property immediately or face sanctions. He did not and appealed the case, but lost again on Thursday when a judge ordered he immediately stop bringing in waste and remove the debris from his property.

“The court was clear: start complying or face sanctions,” Attorney General Gurbir Grewal wrote on Twitter.

In a statement to WCBS 880, Wallace’s attorney, Jeffrey Patti, said the state has known about the pile and approved the dumping for years.

He says it’s unfair to make Wallace clean up his property alone.