CATHARINE, N.Y. — Following the discovery of hazardous waste dumped in the Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking the public’s help to identify the culprit.

The unlawful disposal was in the Town of Catharine in Schuyler County, but the Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area crosses the towns of Hector, Catharine and Cayuta in Schuyler County and in Enfield and Newfield in Tompkins County.

The DEC said in the spring, multiple plastic, five-gallon buckets were dumped in the area and the waste in the buckets “was consistent with a chemical historically used as a pesticide for preserving wood products.”

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is encouraged to call DEC, Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation, Region 8 Avon Office at 585-226-5484. The DEC says all information provided will be kept confidential.

Featured image provided by DEC.

Kelsey O'Connor

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