Gelio Justino Hernandez, a Miami-Dade, Fla., property owner, was accused of operating an illegal landfill following a 2016 fire that took two weeks to extinguish. Hernandez was charged with two counts of operating an illegal landfill and one count of failing to obtain a permit to store, process or dispose of solid waste.
The landfill, which is filled with items like wood, concrete, metal, roofing materials, carpet, five-gallon oil buckets, tires and plant debris, features a massive pile of waste that stands at least 40-feet tall.
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A Miami-Dade property owner was accused of running an illegal landfill following a December 2016 fire that caused nearby homeowners to evacuate for a time and took firefighters two weeks to extinguish. Gelio Justino Hernandez was charged with two counts of operating an illegal landfill and one count of failing to obtain a permit to store, process or dispose of solid waste. His 3.34 acre property is located on the southeast corner of NW 162nd Street and NW 122nd Avenue.
"Miami-Dade's pristine beauty is what draws people to our community," said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in announcing the charges on Tuesday. "Environmental crimes not only destroy that beauty but they can endanger our water table and contaminate our air, posing health risks to everyone living here. I am proud to be partnering with the Miami-Dade Police Department and DERM to bring environmental criminals to justice."