York County junkyard owner charged with environmental crimes

Written by Marie Cusick | Jul 1, 2015 9:48 AM



(Harrisburg)-- State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has announced criminal charges against a York County businessman for allegedly mishandling hazardous waste.

61-year-old Jessie Kline owns Salvage Management Inc. in Lower Windsor Township and is accused of illegally storing contaminated soil and thousands of tires he did not have a permit for.

According to the criminal complaint, regulators with the state Department of Environmental Protection say they have a history of problems with the company. They allege Kline never got a permit to process, store, treat or dispose of solid waste at his business.

Last July, DEP issued an order that required the removal of all waste from the company within three months. An inspection conducted in October 2014 reportedly showed little had been done to comply with the order. 

Kline faces a second-degree felony punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 per day and/or two-10 years in prison. The maximum penalties for the other charges are one year in prison for each count and a fine up to $25,000 per day during the alleged violations.

The case will be prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Rebecca Franz of the Office of Attorney General's Criminal Prosecutions Section. Kline could not immediately be reached for comment.




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