UPDATE: The DEP said they have been informed by the Monroe County Tax Claim office that Kahlid Moore purchased the Yuhas property in Pocono Township for $800 plus court costs Wednesday afternoon.
DEP said their clean-up /demolition plan at the site in on hold.
POCONO TOWNSHIP — An illegal dump in the Poconos that’s been around for decades could finally be getting cleaned up.
A judge had to give the approval for the Department of Environmental Protection to get onto the property, clean it up, and tear down an abandoned home.
The abandoned house near Tannersville has been empty and falling apart for years. It is, and has been, an issue for the DEP mainly because the home is also sitting on an illegal dump.
“Every type of construction demolition waste you can think of, old boards, nails, old houses torn down, piping, plaster, wood, cars,” said Colleen Connolly of the DEP.
The pile is about half a football field wide and two stories high.
According to Pocono Township Officials, Dennis Yuhas received several fines and violations since the 1990’s for illegally dumping junk and waste material on his property.
Yuhas passed away in the early 2000’s.
The DEP couldn’t find the current owner, so the property went up for tax sale, and now Monroe County owns it.
The DEP held a public meeting to hear what residents have to say about the state’s plan to tear down the home, clean up the waste, contain it behind a wall, then move a nearby stream that the waste is seeping into.
Khalid Moore of Stroud Township told officials he’s against the idea because he is looking to buy the five-acre property.
“The views from the windows in the place, and the place sits so pristine, it’s really nice, like a mountain getaway,” said Moore.
If the sale goes through, Moore will be responsible for cleaning up the property, which has a large junk pile in the backyard.
Now it’s up to a judge to decide if the DEP can go ahead with its plan to tear down the home and start cleaning up.