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July 30, 2015

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EPA files charges over hazardous waste dumping in Northern Nevada

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is charging a Gardnerville businessman for alleged illegal dumping of hazardous waste.

Reed Skenandore is charged with dumping and allowing others to dump a variety of hazardous wastes on about 80 acres of land near Gardnerville in Douglas County. The site contains hazardous chemicals from abandoned automobiles, trailers, tires, car batteries, construction waste, used oil, used appliances, televisions and computer monitors, waste paint, and aerosol cans. He is also accused of burning hazardous waste.

Skenandore faces a fine of up to $37,500 per day, per violation.

“Open dumping is a problem in Indian country and other rural areas with limited access to solid waste management programs,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest region. “When individuals choose to operate facilities that promote open dumping and the illegal disposal of hazardous waste, EPA will hold them accountable by vigorously enforcing federal laws to protect communities and the environment from harm.”

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