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State indicts four men for illegal dumping of leaking chemical drums in Jersey City
Everything HUDSON, 23rd May 2010

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced on Friday that the Division of Criminal Justice Major Crimes Bureau has obtained state grand jury indictments charging four men with illegally dumping 18 drums containing inks and used solvents at an industrial property on Johnston Avenue in Jersey City on April 30.

According to Director Taylor, Robert Clark Jr., 49, Rodney Williams, 46, Kevin L. Allen, 41, and Timothy Smith, 39, all of Jersey City, were each indicted on Wednesday, May 19, on charges of third-degree illegal disposal of solid waste and third-degree criminal mischief.

The indictment alleges that on April 30, the defendants disposed of 18 drums containing at least 250 gallons of waste at a site not authorized by the Department of Environmental Protection to accept such waste. An investigation determined that Clark, a scrap metal dealer, was at a business in Jersey City looking for metal when an employee of that business offered him $250 to dispose of the drums.

Clark and the three other men allegedly used a white box truck to transport the drums to the site on Johnston Avenue, where they illegally dumped them.

On May 3, the Jersey City Office of Emergency Management alerted detectives from the Environmental Crimes Section of the Division of Criminal Justice that the Jersey City Fire Department had been dispatched to a report of an unknown green liquid being discharged from a lot and into a storm drain on Fairmount Avenue. Fire Department units discovered the drums containing unknown substances, which had been illegally dumped at an industrial site at 532 Johnston Avenue.

Environmental Crimes Section detectives processed the scene for evidence and ultimately traced the drums to the defendants, who were arrested on May 5 and May 13. The Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Emergency Response also responded.

The investigation was conducted for the Division of Criminal Justice Environmental Crimes Section by Lt. Jeffrey Gross, Detective Michael Klumpp, Detective Dawn Ryan and Detective Steven Ogulin, under the direction of Supervising Deputy Attorney General Ed Bonanno. Attorney General Dow thanked the Jersey City Police Department, Jersey City Office of Emergency Management, Jersey City Fire Department, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Hudson County Regional Health Commission and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for their assistance.