An Orleans County man was charged by state Department of Environmental Conservation officers recently for dumping asbestos-laden materials in a state wildlife management area.
That incident and others concerning state conservation officers were highlighted in A recent news release by the DEC. All specifics below were supplied by the DEC.
DEC Investigators Arrest Man for Dumping Asbestos on Wildlife Management Area -- Orleans County
"On Jan. 3, ECOs charged a man for dumping asbestos-laden materials on state land after a seven-month-long investigation. Carl J. Rivers, 49, from Albion, was arrested on felony charges of endangering public health, safety, or the environment in the 3rd degree, a Class E felony, as well as a violation level charges of unlawfully disposing of solid waste in Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area in the town of Alabama.
In May 2018, ECO Gary Wilson was notified of an illegal dumpsite on Klossen Road. ECO Wilson investigated the dump site and immediately notified the DEC Spills unit and investigators with DEC's Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation (BECI) unit.
"Investigators from DEC's Division of Law Enforcement's Environmental Forensics Unit (EFU) and the State Department of Labor's Asbestos Control Team assisted with the case. DEC Spills unit hired a contractor to clean up and remove the hazardous debris, which was brought to a registered facility. Rivers, already in custody on an unrelated charge, was transported to the Town of Alabama Court for arraignment. The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of up to four years in prison and/or a fine up to $150,000.
The violation carries a penalty of up to 15 days in jail and/or a fine of $1,500 to $15,000. The subject is due back in court on March 7. DEC was assisted in this case by the State Department of Labor -- Asbestos Control Bureau, the U.S. EPA, and the New York State Police.”
"On Dec. 29, ECO Joshua Crain received multiple complaints about an individual posting guided waterfowl hunts on social media in the Yates County area. ECO Crain determined that this individual was not licensed to guide hunts in New York, and photos showed an over-the-limit take of waterfowl.
Over the next several days, ECO Crain compiled more evidence and attempted to locate the subject. On Jan. 1, ECO Crain located the individual guiding a group of five hunters on Seneca Lake in the town of Torrey. Because of the size of the hunting party, ECO Ron Gross responded to the area to assist.
" The hunting party was approached by the ECOs and the officers conducted a compliance check. One hunter was charged with possessing a shotgun capable of holding more than three rounds while waterfowl hunting, and a second hunter was charged with hunting wildlife without a valid license and possessing a shotgun capable of holding more than three rounds while waterfowl hunting.