Tilcon New York will pay $250,000 penalties and fund another $100,000 in environmental education projects to settle violations of NYS environmental laws. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reached an agreement with the West Nyack, Haverstraw and Poughkeepsie operator of quarries, asphalt plants, recycling plants in the Hudson Valley to settle multiple violations.
Hudson Riverkeeper, who has investigated and reported numerous water quality violations by Tilcon to the DEC, praised the settlement. ‘€œWe are very pleased to see Tilcon’s historic pollution of the Hudson fully addressed by the DEC in this agreement, and applaud the DEC for aggressively negotiating a ‘€˜global consent decree’ that, once implemented, will contribute greatly to a cleaner Hudson River,’€ said Riverkeeper President Alex Matthiessen.
The agreement includes penalties for discharging cloudy insufficiently treated water into the Hackensack River and spilling aggregate materials into the Hudson. The $100,000 penalty may be suspended if Tilcon meets new requirements to operate its facilities in compliance with state environmental law.
Sources: NYS DEC, Riverkeeper
See also: Times-Herald Record, 9/18