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For Release: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

DEC: Fulton County Man Pleads Guilty, Assessed Penalties For Environmental Violations

On August 19, the Town of Mayfield Court sentenced Ernest J. Fancher, Jr. of Mayfield, Fulton County, to pay a $15,000 fine for violating State Environmental Conservation Law.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Police's Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation Unit conducted a two-year investigation of Fancher's vehicle and mobile home dismantling operation at his home at 249 Steward Rd. Mayfield. The investigation determined that the operation caused the release of hazardous fluids and debris into the ground on site.

DEC presented its findings to the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, which prosecuted the case. Fancher plead guilty to Endangering the Public Health, Safety or the Environment in the fourth degree, a Class A misdemeanor, and unlawfully operating a solid waste management facility, a Class A misdemeanor.

The court ordered Fancher to clean up the site under the supervision of DEC. This includes properly disposing of all automotive fluids, lead-acid batteries, scrap metal, salvage vehicles, solid waste, waste tires and contaminated soils.

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