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Enough’s Enough, N.Y. Tells Dump Operator

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CN) - New York state wants to shut down a trash dump that has thumbed its nose at conservation law for more than a decade. Karta Industries has violated solid waste management laws at its Peekskill dump more than 3,000 times since 2006, the state claims in Westchester County Court.

The Department of Environmental Conservation claims Karta is violating the latest of four consent orders for its Peekskill dump. The state claims Karta accepts unauthorized waste, overloads the facility's waste storage capacity, fails to control litter, leaks "leachate" contaminant and has vermin infestations.

The latest order, signed in 2006, came with a $240,000 penalty and gives New York the power to shut down Karta's facility in the event of further violations.

In the past three years, Karta has violated the latest consent order hundreds of times and violated solid waste management laws more than 3,000 times, according to the complaint.

Despite the state's orders, Karta continues to operate and advertise.

The state seeks civil penalties and an injunction shutting down the dump.

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