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Connellsville businessman faces unlawful conduct charges

Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Charges have been filed against a Connellsville businessman accused of dumping construction and demolition waste at his recycling business.

Two unlawful conduct charges were filed against Rodney Allen, 63, of 336 Breakneck Road on July 31 by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office at District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr.'s office.

The charges were filed after the AGO investigated Allen's business, Allen Enterprises & Recycling LLC, following a referral made by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, in September 2012 the DEP received a tip that Allen was transporting construction and demolition waste to his business, B&R Recycling in Bullskin Township, and burying it on his property.

The waste included carpet, burnt wood and vinyl siding.

A witness told authorities he watched Allen's recycling business bring roll-off trash bins and tri-axle trucks filled with construction and demolition waste on the B&R property and dump the waste into a hole in the ground. An excavating machine was used to cover the waste with dirt.

Photographs were provided to authorities of the waste.

The AGO approached Allen on May 21 and informed Allen that a search warrant was going to be executed on his property. Allen reportedly responded that the property was used as a landfill from 1940 to 1989. He purchased the property in 1990 or 1991 through a tax sale.

During the search, AGO investigators discovered five trenches and observed that a large amount of construction and demolition waste had been buried underground and that some of the waste was dated after 1991.

Allen does not have a permit from the DEP to dispose of municipal waste, which includes solid, liquid or semisolid materials, on that property.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 12 before District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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