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N.J. man pleaded guilty to violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

Release Date: 01/08/2003
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Luke C. Hester 202-564-7818/
Teresa Libera 202-564-7873/

(01/08/03) Myron Feldman of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., pleaded guilty on Dec. 16 to violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by illegally storing ignitable hazardous wastes. Feldman was part owner of the now-closed Pennsylvania Textile Corp. (Penn-Tex) in West Hazelton, Pa. He illegally stored 67 drums of ignitable hazardous wastes for years at the Penn-Tex facility in Hazleton and when the facility ceased operation in 1998, the company abandoned almost 400 drums and other containers of unusable chemicals, a number of which contained hazardous waste. Illegally storing ignitable hazardous wastes creates a fire hazard and a hazard to firefighters and other emergency personnel who may have to respond to a fire. Cleanup at the Penn-Tex facility cost the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) approximately $230,000. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division with assistance from EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center and the PADEP Bureau of Investigations. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.