Kentucky Company Accused of Illegal Dumping of Railroad Ties in Chenango County
A Kentucky-based freight shipping and trucking company and its Vice President are under indictment in New York for allegedly dumping contaminated railroad ties in Chenango County and making fake scale tickets to cover up the illegal activity.
Attorney General Letitia James says Cross Tie Disposal and 48-year-old Harold Young are charged in a 42-count indictment that includes 30 counts of Falsifying Business Records and 11 counts of Endangering Public Health, Safety or the Environment.
In a news release, James and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says Cross Tie was supposed to dispose of old wood beams that were coated with creosote at a regulated site in Erie County but instead dumped the ties, contaminated with more than 100 gallons each of 11 different hazardous substances at a property in Chenango County.
The railroad ties had been removed as part of the Chenango County Industrial Development Agency’s Chenango County Rail Revitalization Services project in 2015 to repair and improve railroad tracks throughout the county.
Cross Tie was a subcontractor on the project and was paid by a Pennsylvania railroad contractor $50,000 dollars to properly dispose of the material in Erie County.
If convicted, Cross Tie’s Vice President faces up to five to fifteen years in state prison and more than a million dollars in fines.