Attorney General from Illinois Lisa Madigan recovered about $2 million from ongoing lawsuits her office has filed against construction companies. Atty. Madigan filed lawsuits against construction companies that are accused of dumping construction waste at two prohibited construction debris sites in Harvey, Illinois.
Madigan said that construction companies that are dumping construction waste in illegal sites must be held responsible for their wastes, and should clean up the pollution in the environment.
The attorney general filed lawsuits for the illegal dumping site on Campbell Avenue west side in 2004 and 2007.
In 2004, Madigan filed lawsuits against Daniel Serritella, owner of Excavating & Lowboy Services Inc, and one of the construction companies for illegal dumping on the site.
Madigan’s office recovered about $2,153,000 to date for restoration and waste removal on the sites.
Her office also recovered $62,500 for civil penalties, making a total of $2,215,500.
According to Madigan’s office, the money collected from the construction companies that are illegally dumping construction waste will be used to remedying the eyesore of the community. The money will be used to clean and restore the sites.
The attorney general’s office sent subpoenas to about 30 companies in 2006. In 2007, 15 excavation and construction companies were named and accused of illegal dumping in 2001 and 2003. The companies are said to have dumped around 19,000 truckloads of waste.
The IEPA or the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency works hand in hand with Madigan’s office in determining other excavation and construction companies that are illegally dumping construction waste