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Two Men Charged with Dumping Toxic Waste Near North Jersey Reservoir

September 5, 1993

WANAQUE, N.J. (AP) _ Two owners of a septic-tank cleaning company were charged with dumping toxic waste near a reservoir that provides drinking water to 2 million people, authorities said Saturday.

Brothers Lester and Gilbert Redner were arrested Friday on undeveloped land they own near the Wanaque Reservoir as they prepared to pump hazardous industrial waste from a tanker truck, said Passaic County Prosecutor Ronald Fava.

″Instead of disposing of the waste in the proper fashion, they were just pouring it into a hole in the ground,″ Fava said.

He would not say how close the pit was to the reservoir. Fava said the ingredients of the industrial waste would not be known until tests are completed.

Authorities had been investigating the case for several weeks and were watching the wooded area, Fava said.

The two men were charged with unauthorized disposal of hazardous waste. They were released after posting $100,000 bail each, authorities said.

Agents with search warrants examined other land the brothers own in the area Saturday for other possible dump sites, Fava said.

Lester Redner said Saturday the Redner Septic Service company had been in business for more than 50 years, emptying, installing and repairing septic systems. He would not comment on details of the arrests.

The reservoir is operated by the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission. Spokesman Phil White said it provides water for more than 2 million people in about 85 communities in northern New Jersey.

The commission’s laboratory tests the water daily for bacterial contamination and toxic substances.