Landowner to pay $245,000 and clean up illegal landfill in NYC watershed


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ALBANY, New York — New York's attorney general has reached a settlement with a Putnam County landowner who has agreed to pay $245,000 and clean up an illegal landfill on his property that discharged pollution into the Croton Falls Reservoir.

The signed agreement with Gary Prato of Carmel follows a July ruling by a state judge that construction debris containing coal ash and slag, used as fill on a steep slope on his 27-acre property, violated state environmental laws.

Anthony Adinolfi of Dirtman Enterprises pleaded guilty in 2012 to a felony for dumping the fill without charging Prato.

Authorities say some material eroded and was discharged into the reservoir, which isn't being used as part of New York City's drinking water system until a filtration plant in the Bronx is activated next year.

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