The owner of a Philadelphia area trucking company has pleaded guilty
to dumping a large amount of raw sewage in Coatesville, PA, polluting
the West Brandywine Creek.
Joseph T. Anderson of Coatesville pleaded guilty to violating one
count each of Pennsylvania's Clean Streams Law, the Solid Waste
Management Act and the Fish and Boat Code. Anderson was sentenced
to one year of probation on each count, to be served concurrently.
Anderson was charged in April following reports he used a gas-powered
pump to illegally discharge raw sewage from a 10,000-gallon underground
septic tank used by his business, J.T. Anderson Trucking Co. Anderson
also pleaded no contest to a charge of illegally disposing waste
water on the property since 1997.
The defendant also is required to pay a $10,000 fine, $2,500 to
an environmental charity and perform 112 hours of community service.
He also must provide proof of proper disposal of any waste originating
from the property where the dumping occurred.