A Berea business owner has pleaded guilty to illegally storing hazardous waste.
Anthony Anglin, the owner and operator of Bluegrass Industrial LLC, admitted that he knew that the material was a substantial potential risk to people and the environment and that he did not have a permit to store it, according to his plea agreement.
In May 2013, an emergency response team from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency went to a storage sitie on Mount Vernon Road used by Bluegrass Industrial and found abandoned chemicals in 55-gallon drums and 250-gallon containers, according to a court document.
The containers held 6,000 gallons of what the EPA said was corrosive hazardous waste.
The federal agency disposed of the waste and cleaned up the site, at a cost of $209,614, according to the plea agreement.
The maximum sentence on the charge against Anglin is five years in prison plus a fine based on the number of days he was in violation. He also could be ordered to repay the EPA's costs.
Anglin pleaded guilty Tuesday. He is to be sentenced in August.