We bought our 15 acres owner financed. We bought out someone elses equity, then signed a contract with the owner. To make a long story short, after we built our cabin we discovered that the owner had buried a ton of trash out here! Apparently there used to be some minnow ponds under the trees and after they dried up people started dumping their household trash in them. I guess the easiest thing he could think of to do was to cover it all up. My husband, offhandedly, asked him about it one day and he said its as deep as five feet in places!! I know he is at fault for not disclosing this information before we signed the contract. I just don't know what would be the best course of action at this point. My husband is worried about making waves before we get the place paid off--which will be several years. I, on the other hand, think we have the guy over a barrel. Our first clue we had a problem was when we started digging the hole for the electric pole. Since then we've found all sorts of trash...bottles, plastic bags, broken glass, oil filters, beer cans, syringes(!).We called the EPA and they said we would be the ones to pay if they ordered a clean-up, regardless of the circumstances, since we are buying the property. (Luckily, we didn't give them any personal info or they could've come out on their own--then where would we be?) I also spoke to an attorney and he said that an environmental study would have to be done before any charges could be brought. Of course, we can't afford that. What should we do? The guy does own some heavy equipment, but I can't see him volunteering to do any sort of clean-up since he just covered it up in the first place. He's a contractor and has bought up a lot of property in the area, so I'm pretty sure he's aware of the disclosure laws. Where the trash is buried is where we had envisioned building our house someday. In case you're wondering, we did look the property over very well before we signed any papers. We saw nothing amiss. Help! What would you do?