Illinois-based demolition contractor IESCO has been accused of illegally dumping construction debris near Gary, Indiana, according to Inside Indiana Business.
IESCO, based out of South Holland, Illinois, has been demolishing abandoned homes in Hammond, Indiana, and neglecting to take the debris to a landfill, according to The Times of Northwest Indiana.
The waste has been dumped into the wetlands near Gary, which flow into the Grand Calumet River and eventually lead into Lake Michigan.
The dumping was done in the dead of night and involved “numerous, large piles of demolition debris,” and resulted in the death of all vegetation in the area, The Times of Northwest Indiana reports.
The debris included municipal solid waste, and household items like broken furniture and used mattresses, as well as an estimated 800 tires.
The employees responsible are being charged with felony charges of “handling and storing hazardous waste without a proper permit.”
IESCO has been ordered to remove the waste within 30 days and pay a fine of $22,500 within that timeframe. Additional reparations have been demanded by the court. The full report from the Times of Northwest Indiana is available here.