In 2012, Richard Fintak of Richmond, Indiana was indicted by the Franklin County Grand Jury on two (2) counts of illegally operating a solid waste transfer station and one (1) count of open dumping. The scene of the illegal trash transfer station was at 1388 Stimmel Road. Nearly 14,000 cubic yards of trash, construction and demolition debris, roofing, and other materials were dumped at the site less than a quarter of a mile from a large apartment complex.
The Environmental Crime Task Force (ECTF) investigated and prosecuted the case of the illegal open dumping that occurred from approximately December 2009 through May 2010 at the Regional Waste Solutions Transfer Division LLC (RWSTD) on Stimmel Road under operator Richard Fintak. RWSTD began operating in April 2009 as a C&DD transfer station, where C&DD from smaller trucks was dumped and then reloaded onto larger trucks for delivery to a licensed C&DD landfill. At that time, an Ohio EPA inspector observed that recyclables were being pulled from the debris pile and placed into containers stored on-site to be delivered to recycling facilities once full.
It appeared the solid waste that was brought in incidentally with the C&DD was being immediately pulled from the pile and placed into a container on-site and later disposed of a solid waste disposal facility. During an Ohio EPA site visit in September 2009, it became apparent that waste was no longer being removed or transferred from the site to a licensed C&DD landfill for proper disposal, as required. It was left piled throughout the property, making RWSTD an illegal disposal site for C&DD.
By December 2009, when Fintak took over operations, the ECTF discovered the site also had become an illegal dump site for solid waste, as well as C&DD. Proper disposal of C&DD is required to occur at landfills that have been licensed by approved local health departments; these health departments are approved by Ohio EPA. Proper disposal of solid waste is required at Ohio EPA-permitted solid waste landfills holding an annual operating license from a local health department.
Ohio EPA tried to help bring RWSTD back into compliance by issuing several notices of violation and warning about enforcement action, but instead of cleaning up the site and operating legitimately, Fintak fled Ohio. The ECTF extradited him from Indiana, and Fintak pled guilty to felony charges of open dumping, operation of a solid waste facility and illegal operation of a landfill/transfer station in November 2011. When he failed to clean up the site as ordered by the court, Fintak was incarcerated in April 2012 and sentenced to three years in prison. . He was ordered to pay $377,581 in restitution, but so far no money has been repaid.