Judge rejects probation for Fairfield officials charged in fill pile scandal

A Superior Court judge Monday denied a special probation program for three former Fairfield town officials and a local developer charged in the five-year scheme to dump tons of contaminated soil on town property. Following a four-hour hearing, Judge Kevin Russo ruled that the charges against the four individuals for allegedly illegally disposing of hazardous waste and then trying to cover it up are too serious for the accelerated rehabilitation program. “In my view persuading the bluest of blue-collar workers to expose themselves to a petri dish of contaminated soil with PCBs and other carcinogens is a significant aggravating factor which makes it far too serious for the benefit of the AR program,” the judge said. “It was probably equivalent to having someone jump without a parachute because those folks still don’t know what their future holds health wise.”


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