"You can't just decide that you're going to cut corners because you don't feel like paying, and because you don't feel like taking the extra step the extra time to dispose of these fluids," said Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
Police have arrested 44-year-old John Doxey, the owner of Doxey salvage in Glen Cove.
His business has been open for about a year, and is just down the street from a youth baseball field.
Investigators say Doxey, along with his workers, would take apart large commercial vehicles without draining any of their fluids like gas, motor oil and anti freeze.
"He would use his trucks to block the entrance, so from the front it looked like he was doing a good job and nothing was going on," said Det. Chris Grella of the Glen Cove Police Department.
Doxey's property is right up against the Glen Cove Waterway, which leads into the Long Island Sound. Thankfully, investigators say they do not believe the fluids leaked into the water or the drinking water.
"He had absolutely no regard for the citizens of Glen Cove and the environment we inherit," said Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi.
Prior to owning the location, Doxey owned a nearby parcel of land that is also seeped in contamination. Now he is being charged with endangering public health. His lawyer didn't return any phone calls.
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