NJ Takes Legal Action Against Owner of Sussex County ‘Waste Mountain’

DEP says soil samples show levels of contamination high enough to classify the site as a solid waste facility, which the owner does not have a permit to operate

Credit: Office of Attorney General/Tim Larsen
State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal
The state is taking legal action against a Sussex County resident for operating an unlawful solid waste dump on his property in Vernon Township.

After months of complaints from residents about a 75-foot-high pile of soil and debris they say Joseph Wallace allowed to be dumped — illegally — on his property, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe are taking action.
The state wants to shut the site down and force Wallace to allow inspectors onto the site to do more testing.

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