Developer who proposed moving Gowanus’ toxic sludge may owe state $20M in fines

December 11, 2012 02:30PM

John Quadrozzi, the Brooklyn developer and concrete magnate who owns a shipping terminal in Red Hook, could owe the city as much as $20 million in fines for illegally dumping into the Gowanus Bay, DNAinfo reported.

Quadrozzi, who owns the Gowanus Bay Terminal and the Gowanus Industrial Park, left contaminated landfill on a pier, which washed into the waterways in 2006, according to documents provided to DNAinfo by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

That department ordered Quadrozzi to pay $60,000 in fines and remove a fence that was built without authorization in 2007, but he still owes $45,000 to the state DEC, and could now face escalated fines because he failed to pay or remove the fence, DNAinfo said.

Last month, Quadrozzi proposed moving toxic sludge from the Gowanus Canal Superfund site to the Gowanus Bay, as reported. The federal Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly considering the plan. [DNAinfo] –Guelda Voien