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Ohio waste companies are charged $19 million for environmental violations
The head of two waste comapnies failed to close landfills
Story by AKILAH PORTER


 

A Northeast Ohio judge is awarding the state more than 19 million dollars from Ohio waste companies for environmental violations.

The violations are tied to Crossridge Solid Waste Landfill and C&D Disposal Technologies in Jefferson County. The controller of both companies, Joseph Scugoza, was ordered in 2003 to cap and close the landfills, but failed to do so.

Dale Vitale is chief of the environment enforcement section for Attorney General Mike DeWine. He said the companies had plenty of time to adhere to the regulations, but didn’t follow through. 

Vitale on the landfill fine

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"Where you have a company that enters into an order to do things that are designed to protect human health and safety, as environmental regulations are, the attorney general expects you to do them. So, when that doesn’t occur, he very much appreciates the support of the court, the judicial system, Judge Henderson in this case, where they enforce that order and make it clear to folks that you really do have responsibilities and you’re supposed to live up to them."

Vitale also said the problem is not an isolated incident, but there are a lot of landfills that follow proper closing procedures.

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