Philly trucking firm owner sentenced in dumping case

| 9/9/2002

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.