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Ulster County Polluter Brought to Justice

J. Karolys and Son, LLC ordered to completely clean up dump sites and pay $8 million in fines

May 15, 2024, Saugerties, NY – In a judgment signed May 10, 2024, New York State Supreme Court Justice Richard Mott ruled that J. Karolys and Son, LLC of Saugerties, NY must remediate three illegally-sited construction and demolition debris dumps and pay $8 million to the State of New York.

Bringing polluters to justice can be very difficult, yet that's precisely what the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Attorney General Tish James, aided by a diligent and highly engaged community in Saugerties NY, has accomplished in the case of J. Karolys & Son, LLC. In a recent ruling by the New York State Supreme Court, the polluters have been ordered to clean up the mess they made and to pay significant, attention-getting fines totaling $8 million. This landmark decision serves as a stern warning to anyone considering illegally dumping or accepting construction and demonstration debris--New York will pursue and prosecute polluters, and convicted polluters will be forced to pay. Our water, air, lands, and communities are worth more than anyone's ill-gained profits.

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