Muttontown Man Pleads Guilty to Dumping Toxic Chemicals

A Muttontown man will avoid jail time after admitting to illegally dumping toxic chemicals into the ground at his Glen Cove salvage yard near a waterway that feeds the Long Island Sound.

John Doxey pleaded guilty Wednesday at Nassau County court to endangering public health, safety or the environment.

Prosecutors said the 45-year-old man illegally released toxic automotive fluids into the ground of his salvage yard on Park Place, just south of the Glen Cove waterway.

New York State law requires that fluids like gasoline, motor oil and transmission fluid be drained and property stored for disposal before disassembling vehicles.

Doxey was arrested in May 2012 following a joint investigation by Glen Cove city police, Nassau County police, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and county prosecutors.

Judge Francis Ricigliano sentenced Doxey to a conditional discharge with an agreement that he will finish the clean-up of the property under the supervision of the DEC. He has already spent $25,000 on the clean-up.

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