Gottheimer Visits Vernon's "Environmental Disaster," Wants EPA to Help

Vernon Township has U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer's support in their fight to stop the alleged illegal dumping by a local resident. On Monday, Gottheimer visited the dumping site at Silver Spruce road along with Vernon Mayor Harry Shortway and now he's asking the Department of Environmental Protection to step in.

The property owner, Joseph Wallace, is currently appealing a conviction and $75,000 fine for violating a 2014 stop-work order but the trucks keep coming. Earlier this month Wallace's lawyer threatened to sue town officials for "blocking and turning away deliveries of clean top soil that is used for my client's business."

However, residents and town officials aren't so sure that it's clean top soil being delivered. They've shown concern about the materials being dumped and the impact it may have on the environment. According to, Gottheimer sent a letter to the EPA asking that they "review and inspect the dumping."

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