An East Texas contractor is caught illegally dumping construction debris. This illegal dump site is located in Sulphur Springs about 5 miles outside the city limits. One man found out you can't dump on your own property.
"When I followed one of the dump trucks from this site to where they were dumping," says Holly Rosamond, Environmental Investigator with Hopkins County.
Yesterday, Rosamond took these pictures of a company illegally disposing of building materials.
"He was taking anything that had to do with building materials, wood, pipe, metal and the main concern was the insulation," says Rosamond.
Floyd Underwood, owner of Underwood Sand and Gravel says the dumpsite is on his property, and he didn't know he was doing anything illegal.
"We thought all like insulation and roofing materials had to be sent to a landfill but it's now all the building materials. We found that out the hard way yesterday," says Underwood.
He was cited for illegal dumping, and now has just 10 days to clean up the 25 truckloads of debris.
"We have containers out there today at the site to be cleaned up. We are working on getting a permit through Austin to get a permit for a solid waste dump, now we know the law," says Underwood.
In addition to the $200 citation. If Underwood does not clean it up in ten days, he can be fined up to $500 per day. Illegal dumping is a state jail felony punishable by 2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
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