Subcontractor fined for dumping in Wasilla refuge Staff Reports

POSTED: 12:04 PM AKST Jan 06, 2015 UPDATED: 01:53 PM AKST Jan 06, 2015

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ANCHORAGE -A Wasilla subcontractor was fined after being caught on camera illegally dumping in Goose Bay State Game Refuge in November.MORE FROM KTUU

Ian Beall, 20, pleaded guilty in Anchorage District Court on Dec. 22, 2014, to dumping a large amount of trash – including discarded roofing materials – in the recently cleaned-up refuge southwest of Wasilla.The Alaska Department of Fish and Game recently spent more than $100,000 cleaning Goose Bay refuge and fixing its roads, parking areas and trails, according to a release.The department said more than 100 tons of refuse have been removed from the area since 2010, including junk cars, hazardous materials and discarded household appliances.Fish and Game’s program coordinator for lands and refuges, Joe Meehan, said Tuesday that the $100,000 cleanup appropriation wasn't solely related to Beall, but his dumping helped make it necessary.

“The cleanup work probably didn’t reach that figure because much of that was volunteer effort by the Alaska National Guard,” Meehan said.
The dumped materials included a variety of roofing tiles, which were found off a road in the area. Photos of the refuse show large piles of trash sullying otherwise scenic vistas, including a road shoulder and a beach.According to Meehan, the dumped goods provided the clues which ultimately led back to Beall.

“It was trash -- videos, photos, evidence that was found in the trash itself,” Meehan said. “A lot of it was roofing material; obviously it was from a roofing company.”
The firm Beall was working for also provided aid to investigators.

“The owner of the company has cooperated, and he called the subcontractor as well,” Meehan said.

While dealing with trash dumping and vandalism is a necessity, Meehan said Tuesday that the state’s residents ultimately suffer as staffers’ work hours are diverted from more productive uses.

“It really takes away from staff time and funding for other programs,” Meehan said. “It’s a waste of public resources.”
Beall was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and to spend 20 hours picking up trash in Goose Bay and nearby Palmer Hay Flats.

Fish and Game is still seeking public help to identify three men seen on surveillance video Nov. 9 in a separate case, as they offloaded a dryer and a washing machine in a parking lot in the refuge.

“After dumping, the men took time to use the discarded appliances for target practice,” ADFG officials wrote. “Dumping refuse or hazardous materials in state refuges is a violation of state law and can carry fines of up to $10,000 and up to a year in prison.”

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Palmer troopers at 907-745-4247.

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