Florida Man pleads guilty in hazardous waste
Washington, DC— A guilty
plea to charges of violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery
Act by Joel D. Udell of Boca Raton, Florida, and two companies
he owned in Ambler, Pennsylvania, Pyramid Chemical Sales Co.,
and Nittany Warehouse LP, was announced on September 13 in Philadelphia.
The plea agreement calls for
the defendants to pay 1,017,557 Euros to the Netherlands for cleanup
costs and to also reimburse the United States for approximately
$150,000 in Superfund cleanup oversight costs at the Nittany Warehouse
in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Additional penalties may be ordered
by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
at the time of sentencing. In June 2000, the EPA declared Nittany
Warehouse a Superfund Site and ordered the defendants to clean
up numerous containers of hazardous waste. Instead of cleaning
up, the defendants illegally shipped some of the wastes to the
Netherlands and sold some of it to facilities in the United States,
falsely claiming it was new, unused product rather than hazardous
The government of the Netherlands
and the American companies that received the waste wound up paying
for its proper disposal.
The case was investigated by
the Philadelphia Office of EPA’s Criminal Investigation
Division, the Netherlands Ministry of the Environment, the Department
of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigrations and Customs
Enforcement, and the Borough of Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
Investigative assistance was
provided by EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center.
The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. attorney’s office
for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania with assistance from
criminal enforcement counsel from EPA Region 3.