A Danbury City Council member has asked for an update on where the City is on recouping costs for a response to illegal dumping. Three people are facing charges over allegations that they dumped 2,000 gallons of raw sewage into a storm drain on Lake Avenue in July.
City officials have tracked all of the costs for cleaning the catch basins and washing the pipes. They are working with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on the next steps. Some of the issue has been referred to the State's Attorney and Danbury is awaiting a response.
Danbury is looking into going after the insurance policy of the home owner, not the tenant, to repay local and state for costs associated with the clean up.
Danbury resident Francisco Tomas Vidal, Pablo Pintado Penaloza of Manhattan and Oscar Anselmo Hernandez-Jimenez of Spring Valley, New York were charged with breach of peace, criminal mischief and illegally dumping hazardous waste. All three have pleaded not guilty. Two are due back in court on October 31st while the Hernandez-Jimenez is scheduled to appear on November 14th.