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Company president stores hazardous waste, faces charges

WEST BRADFORD TWP., Pa. - The president of a Chester County environmental company is facing charges for illegally storing and disposing of hazardous wastes for decades.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the felony charges Monday, which include illegal management of hazardous waste and unlawful conduct related to the illegal storage of hazardous waste.

Thomas J. McCaffrey Jr., 68, of Coatesville is the president of Cedar Grove Environmental on Gallagherville Road in West Bradford Township. The company tests and analyzes drinking water and waste water samples. 

Investigators discovered over 200 brown and clear glass jugs labeled 'TKN waste' and 'COD waste' in the basement of the company building in 2016. Officials say McCaffrey admitted the hazardous wastes were stored there for decades. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection worked with the office of the attorney general and found elevated levels of mercury and silver in the septic system and nearby ground. 

As a result, the DEP revoked Cedar Grove Environmental's accreditation to perform water testing samples. 

“This defendant illegally stored and disposed of hazardous wastes for many years,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “Wastes were illegally poured down the drain on the company’s property. I won’t allow anyone to deliberately harm Pennsylvanians’ rights to clean air and pure water. Our Environmental Protection section works every day to safeguard the environment in our Commonwealth.”

McCaffrey's preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 12. 


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