The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has filed charges against two York County men accused of illegally transporting and storing hazardous waste.
Neal Connelly, 41, of 223 Carlisle Ave. in York City, is charged with eight counts of unlawful conduct under the state's Solid Waste Management Act.
He was the owner and operator of Neal's Wheels, an auto-repair business that was located in the 900 block of Pleasant Grove Road in Newberry Township, according to a news release from the attorney general's office.
Daniel Wert, 24, of 5032 Bull Road in Dover Township, is charged with five counts of unlawful conduct under the same act. Both men face one count each of criminal conspiracy.
Their preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 23, court records state.
Benzene? According to charging documents, Connelly and Wert illegally transported and stored a 55-gallon drum of hazardous waste at a property Wert co-owns at 3630 Old Trail Road in Newberry Township. The drum contained high levels of benzene, documents state.
Connelly also illegally stored three 55-gallon drums of hazardous waste at his former business property, documents allege, and all three tested positive for benzene, tetrachloroethylene and lead.
Connelly told an investigator the drums held waste oil, but they really held solvents, investigators allege.
Evicted: He rented the property where Neal's Wheels was located and was evicted in June 2012, documents state.
It appears Wert did not work there.
Charges were filed this week, according to court records.
Neither Connelly nor Wert could be reached for comment. It was unclear whether they have retained attorneys
Assisting in the investigation was the state Department of Environmental Protection.
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