Ramapo Settles Suit over Wetlands Filled at Minor-League Ballpark

The U.S. Attorney has simultaneously sued and settled a civil lawsuit against the town of Ramapo for violating the Clean Water Act during the building of Provident Bank Park in Pomona, home of the Rockland Boulders

“The Town of Ramapo repeatedly violated the laws protecting our Nation’s wetlands," said Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a statement March 19. "Municipalities will be held accountable if they violate our environmental laws."

As part of the settlement, Ramapo has agreed to pay a $125,000 penalty and create new wetlands to replace the ones filled in while the stadium was being built.

According to the U.S. Attorney, some wetlands were filled in during the construction of the minor-league ballpark before the town applied to the Army Corps of Engineers for the required permit.

Then the town ignored the conditions of the permit, which included creating and preserving new wetlands, and instead permitted more illegal filling to be done, the U.S. Attorney said. 

Ken McQuade March 19, 2014 at 03:19 PM
Do what you want and pay a fine if you get caught nothing really changes in the town of Ramapo
Michael Marinelli March 20, 2014 at 06:28 AM
Government Corruption. Nobody cares about minor league baseball. We got the Mets !!!! Lmao
Anthony Lobasso March 20, 2014 at 10:57 AM
I say forget the fines. People must start serving jail time. Oh I guess if the law allows throw in the fine also.
Michael Marinelli March 22, 2014 at 07:30 AM
Edward Day remember that name. He is a relentless leader.His leadership skills will help put Rockland County back on track. David Carliucci is another young man with extraordinary leadership skills. Be patient.
Mike Hirsch March 22, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Michael, Ed Day is a leader first and a politician second. Though I like David Carlucci, he is a politician, period. He is no leader. Take a look at what is being done to try and rescind the EDC grant for the slaughterhouse. Ed Day will do all that he can to block it at the county level. Assemblyman Zebrowski has been working to get the grant rescinded at the state level for 5 years, but he is working alone. Though Senator Carlucci is opposed to this project, he has not joined him in this effort because it is difficult for him politically. That is not leadership. If he would get actively involved with Asseblyman Zebrowski, rather than just giving lip service, they would together be able to get the grant rescinded.


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