A Oneida County man was arrested earlier this month for allegedly dumping industrial waste onto a Richfield Springs farm.
William Zomro, 52, of Barneveld, was indicted by an Oneida County grand jury on two felony charges: first-degree unlawful possession of hazardous wastes and first-degree unlawful dealing in hazardous wastes.
Zomro, owner of Adirondack Precision Powders, operated a waste garnet recycling center in Whitesboro. When that business failed, he abandoned 200,000 pounds of spent garnet, some of which contained high levels of lead, according to the DEC.
When the DEC ordered him to properly dispose of the waste, he instead deposited some of it on a farm in Deerfield and a farm in Richfield Springs, according to the DEC.
The exact locations of the farms have not been released by the DEC because the farm owners are considered victims in this case, said DEC Region 6 spokesman Stephen Litwhiler.
The material was cleaned up at a cost exceeding $50,000, which Zomro will be responsible for if convicted, according to the DEC.
The material deposited on the farms did not contain high levels of lead, Litwhiler said.
Zomro's case remains pending in Oneida County Court.