DEAL - The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection issued violation notices to a Monmouth County contractor after it was discovered that they were dumping into the ocean.

Agate Construction has been working on a multimillion-dollar beach replenishment project in Deal for the last few months. On Friday, residents say that they saw the contractors dumping sediment that was dredged out of a small creek right into the water on the beach between Ocean Lane and Roosevelt Avenue.

Agate Construction was subcontracted by the Army Corps of Engineers. The DEP issued the company violations for not adhering to the waterfront development act and the coastal area facilities review act.

The Cape May-based company was ordered to remove all the material they dumped from the surf-zone further up on the beach or face fines.

The DEP is testing to make sure the material does not contain any dangerous substances. Test results should come back within a few days.

News 12 New Jersey’s calls to Agate Construction for comment were not returned.