EPA cites Gardnerville man with illegal dumping
A Gardnerville businessman was cited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly violating federal law governing the safe handling and disposal of solid and hazardous waste.
According to the EPA, Reed Skenandore operates an auto dismantling business and an unpermitted illegal waste disposal site that has resulted in open dumping and illegal disposal of hazardous waste over an 80-acre site. The facility is located near Gardnerville.
Skenandore’s auto dismantling and waste disposal site not only contained waste from the on-site dismantling of automobiles, but also contained large quantities of waste accepted from off site, according to the EPA. Wastes included abandoned automobiles, trailers, tires, car batteries, construction waste, oil, appliances, televisions and computer monitors, paint and aerosol cans.
Additionally, the facility allegedly did not properly manage automobile fluids and oil which can result in environmental contamination. Used oil must be properly contained, labeled, and sent off site for proper recycling.
Under the Recovery Act, EPA can assess a civil penalty of up to $37,500 per day, per violation.