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MACHINE SHOP FINED $15,000 FOR VIOLATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

 MACHINE SHOP FINED $15,000 FOR VIOLATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A Northeast Philadelphia machine shop business was fined $15,000 after pleading guilty today to a charge of illegally disposing of waste substances, Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. announced.
 Under a plea agreement with Preate's office approved by Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Georganne V. Daher, Tasco Corp., 2055 Bennett Road, also will make a contribution of $2,000 to an environmental charity to be selected by the Attorney General's Office.
 Both Tasco and its owner, Frank Schiller, 60, of 657 Long View Drive, Huntingdon Valley, were charged in April by Preate's Environmental Crimes Section with one count of unlawful conduct, a misdemeanor violation of the Solid Waste Management Act.
 As part of the plea agreement, Preate's office today recommended that Schiller be accepted in Philadelphia County's accelerated rehabilitative disposition program (ARD). Schiller agreed to pay $2,000 in costs of investigation to the state.
 Investigators charged that Schiller directed employees to dump drums filled with liquid waste on property owned by Tasco at 2179 Bennett Road, Philadelphia.
 The workers were stopped in the process of dumping two 55-gallon drums of waste on April 23, 1990, by a Philadelphia police officer investigating a complaint about illegal dumping, according to the charges.
 Soil samples taken by the Department of Environmental Resources at the site detected the presence of petroleum compounds, chromium and nickel, Preate said.
 Deputy Attorney General Mark A. Bellavia, chief of the Environmental Crimes Section, said the case was referred to the state by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
 Bellavia, who prosecuted the case, said a clean-up of the property was conducted by Tasco under the supervision of DER.
 The Environmental Crimes Section is part of the Office of Attorney General. It operates in cooperation with DER, from which it receives additional staff and funding.
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