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State v. Iron Oxide Corp

ELR Citation: 11 ELR 20669
Nos. No. State Grand Jury 61-69-10, 428 A.2d 962/178 N.J. Super. 303, (N.J. Super. Ct. Law Div., 12/17/1980)

The court rules that the purposeful or knowing release of hazardous wastes need not be shown to have caused widespread injury to constitute a crime under state law. Defendants sought to dismiss a criminal indictment alleging a conspiracy to maintain a nuisancedue to the disposal of hazardous wastes. They argued that because the alleged actions are no longer crimes under the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, a conspiracy, which applies only to crimes, may not be charged. The court rules, however, that an amendment to N.J. STAT. ANN. §2C:17-2 specifically includes the dumping of hazardous wastes as a second-degree crime and does not require proof of widespread injury or damage. The court refuses to dismiss the conspiracy indictment.

Counsel for Plaintiff
Lawrence G. Welle, Deputy Attorney General
13 Roszel Rd., CN-14, Princeton NJ 08540
(609) 292-4919

Counsel for Defendants
Richard A. Levin
Amster & Levin
225 Millburn Ave., Millburn NJ 07041
(201) 467-0123

Leigh R. Walters
LaCorte, LaCorte & Walters
15 Prince St., Elizabeth NJ 07208
(201) 354-0700

George B. Gelman
Rosen, Gelman & Weiss
Gateway I, Newark NJ 07102
(201) 622-0700