New Jersey man who dumped hazardous waste in park area is fined $21K

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LACEY TOWNSHIP, New Jersey — A garbage run has proved to be costly for a southern New Jersey man.

The state's Department of Environmental Protection has fined a Seaside Heights man more than $21,000 for illegally dumping eight garbage bags full of asbestos siding shingles and other debris in the Greenwood Forest Wildlife Management Area.

Twenty-five-year-old Adam Wardell of Seaside Heights pleaded guilty June 17.

A conservation officer discovered the bags in late April and was able to determine Wardell had put them there.

The Asbury Park Press ( reports the DEP uses motion-sensor cameras in some state parks and wildlife management areas to detect illegal activity.

Illegal dumping is punishable by up to $5,000 in criminal fines per violation.

Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press,

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