A bus company that transports children for dozens of Long Island school districts has been accused by state and Brookhaven Town officials of illegally dumping buses and auto parts at its Center Moriches depot.
A joint investigation of Montauk Bus last week by Brookhaven investigators and state Department of Environmental Conservation officials found “dilapidated” buses, including some with their motors removed, at the Wading River Road yard, the DEC said Tuesday in a news release.
One motor was “on blocks with petroleum-stained ground around the motor,” DEC officials said.
The DEC issued four tickets to the company for illegally disposing solid waste, operating a solid waste transfer station, water pollution and depositing “unwholesome” substances near a public highway.
A lawyer representing Montauk Bus denied the allegations and said they were “blown out of proportion.”
“We’re addressing any concerns they may have. There’s nothing to be cleaned up. There’s no dumping going on,” Central Islip attorney Robert Macedonio said in an interview Tuesday.
A Brookhaven Town fire marshal also cited the bus company for an oil spill, a town spokesman said.
Town officials ordered the company to remove junk vehicles and parts, hazardous material and storage containers from the site, the spokesman said.
The company is due to appear in Sixth District Court in Patchogue on July 6, the town spokesman said in an email.
Montauk Bus has hundreds of buses that serve dozens of school districts, Macedonio said. The company also has depots in Ronkonkoma and Hampton Bays, according to the company’s website.
“Why this is such a news story is beyond my understanding,” Macedonio said. “They are a family-owned business that has been in business for 50 years, serving many of the school districts across Long Island. We share the same concerns as the Town of Brookhaven and the DEC. Any violations that may exist, we will rectify.”
DEC officials said they acted on a complaint about the company filed on March 22. DEC officials said they visited the Center Moriches depot that day and returned on March 29 with Brookhaven investigators.