Man charged with illegally dumping construction materials in Florham Park
FLORHAM PARK, NJ (Morris County) – A Union man is facing several charges stemming from the improper disposal of construction debris in an area off Route 24 in Florham Park, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.
Robert Luis Benitez, 46, was charged with third-degree unlawful disposal or transportation of solid waste, third-degree violation of the freshwater protection act, and third-degree improper discharge in violation of the flood hazard area control act.
It is alleged that Benitez, the owner of RLB Construction & Investments, improperly disposed of a variety of materials including exterior siding, paint cans, tile, boxes, flooring and other related materials off Route 24, Knapp said.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Fire/Environmental Unit, along with the Florham Park Department of Public Works, coordinated and executed the cleanup, which resulted in over 10 cubic yards and two tons of waste, Knapp said.
The investigation revealed that the area is a Wetland Transition Zone within the Fresh Water Wetlands Protection Act, as well as a Riparian Zone within the Flood Hazard Area Control Act, Knapp said.
Benitez was charged then released pending a court appearance.