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G&C Attorney Fights Illegal Beach Dumping

Gill & Chamas attorney, Andrew L. Chambarry, has been featured on CBS 2 NY for his help fighting illegal dumping on a Deal, New Jersey beach.

As CBS2’s Meg Baker reported Monday (2/22/16), Agate Construction has been accused of illegal dumping of materials at Roosevelt Beach in a sediment removal project.

The Army Corps of Engineers hired Agate Construction to dig and remove sediment, as part of building a pipe to carry river floodwaters away. It is called an outflow pipe, and is part of the Superstorm Sandy recovery project.

“If we weren’t there to catch it, the dumping would have presumably taken place over the course of a few hours,” said Andrew Chambarry.

Members of a beach watchdog group (Citizens in Opposition to Beach Restrictive Access) first spotted the dump trucks and posted photos to social media. “Immediately, public outcry was rapid and swift,” Chambarry said. Numerous complaints to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) prompted an investigation.

The NJDEP said the material was sediment from dredging the Poplar Brook. It was silt – and clay-like, unlike sand.

The Army Corps of Engineers said in a statement: “The contractor was ordered immediately to stop work and begin removing the material out of the surf zone and relocating it upland until it could be properly disposed as is required.”

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