N.J. DEP slaps nearly $3M fine on company for 75-foot high trash pile in Newark

By Eunice Lee/The Star-Ledger
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on November 26, 2013

The state Department of Environmental Protection fined a Newark-based company $2.9 million for illegal dumping near the Turnpike.


NEWARK — Commissioner Bob Martin of the state Department of Environmental Protection described it as a mountain of trash.

Just as steep is the $2.9 million in fines the DEP has slapped on Theodore Fiore and his Newark-based companies, T. Fiore Recycling and T. Fiore Demolition, for illegal dumping, Martin said.

The first $2.6 million fine ordered the removal of a 75-foot high trash pile that contained an estimated 175,000 to 200,000 cubic yards of debris near the New Jersey Turnpike in Newark. The second penalty of $320,000 fined the companies for violating storm water control regulations related to runoff from the site.

The trash pile, which Martin described as "an illegal mountain of construction and demolition debris," contained unprocessed concrete, asphalt, asphalt mixings, cinder blocks and bricks.

The companies exceeded the height of debris piles allowed by the DEP by some 45 feet and the legal limit of volume by five to six times, according to Martin.

"We will continue to work with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and all applicable regulatory authorities to rectify the situation," Fiore said in an statement. "We’re doing everything in our power to return the site back into compliance. We regret and apologize for any misunderstanding this may have caused.”

Fiore's companies also owe $85,583 in outstanding fees to the DEP.

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