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State investigates recycling business next to Raynham Track
Aug, 06 2012
(Raynham, MA.) -- State environmental officials are looking into whether a construction recycling business next to Raynham Park is violating the term of its permit.
The business under scrutiny, Patriot Recycling, also known as C. Carney Environmental, is owned by Chris Carney and is next to the dog track owned by his father, George Carney, on Route 138.
A complaint lodged with Raynham’s Board of Health on July 19 sparked the investigation.
Patriot Recycling has a state permit to take in, crush and recycle asphalt, brick and concrete materials. The complainant alleged that the company is taking in more than its permit allows, including “painted products.”
Raynham Health Agent Alan Perry said when he received the complaint, he notified the state Department of Environmental Protection, which told him it planned to do an on-site inspection.
Perry said the state is the enforcement agency in this case because it holds the permit.
Environmental Protection spokesman Joe Ferson confirmed that state inspectors visited the facility recently in response to a complaint. He said he could not comment further.
“It’s still being evaluated,” he said.
Carney, reached by phone Friday, said he is operating within his permit.
“I take in material every day, I sell material,” he said. “I don’t think I have anything in excess.”
Carney said he has expanded his recycling business since selling a rubbish company in January, and said he plans to apply for a permit increase soon.
Multiple piles of recyclables are on the grounds and are visible from Route 138. Some piles are three times the height of the 18-wheelers carrying them. Carney’s permit allows for 200 tons to be taken in and out daily.
When asked about taking in “painted products,” Carney said: “No matter what load you get in, you’re going to get some.
“I’m just a guy out there trying to do business,” he added.
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