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The owner of a salvage yard voluntarily agreed to temporarily shut down operations and install a guard fence around a shredder after investigations found chunks of metal around residential areas in Spring Garden Township. 

Spring Garden Township officials met with J&K Salvage owner Joe Darrah on Friday, March 29, when he indicated he'd shut down a shredder until a protective fence is erected, said township manager Marcy Krum-Tinsley.

A J&K employee confirmed  Wednesday, April 3, that a fence was being put up. 

The decision follows a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection investigation into J&K Salvage, 1099 Kings Mill Road, that was launched after pieces of metal were found along the nearby Heritage Rail Trail. 

Krum-Tinsley said she believes the township police also had investigated the site after residents reported metal debris. Police Chief George Swartz was not immediately available to confirm that information the afternoon of Wednesday, April 3. 

DEP investigation: A DEP waste management program inspector found evidence indicating the material might have come from J&K during a preliminary investigation on March 27, according to a DEP statement.

As of Friday, March 29, the investigation was continuing, said department spokesman John Repetz. 

J&K Salvage is under a Consent Order Agreement with DEP dating back to 2007. The agreement requires J&K to implement "best management practices" to minimize concussions from shredding and to notify DEP if concussions occur, according to the statement. 

DEP has not received any notification from J&K, according to the statement. 

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