Sereday Trucking pleads no contest to illegal disposal and storage violations
By Ed Runyan
The secretary/treasurer of Sereday Trucking of Brookfield pleaded no contest Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to burying construction and demolition debris, and attempting to store barrels of paint and paint solvents without a permit.
The violations occurred at a site on Broadway Street in Masury.
Richard Sereday Jr., 51, of Warren-Sharon Road, accepted responsibility for the violations on behalf of the company and also was convicted personally of a misdemeanor offense related to the demolition debris.
The company has paid $10,000 in restitution and investigative costs and will pay an additional $4,000 to take out an educational advertisement in a local newspaper and carry out a $3,500 demolition for Brookfield Township.
Richard Sereday also must pay a $750 fine as part of his misdemeanor conviction and is placed on two years’ probation. Judge W. Wyatt McKay ordered no jail time.
Ken Egbert Jr., an assistant Ohio attorney general in the environ- mental-enforcement division, told Judge McKay there will be no objection to the company’s and Richard Sereday Jr.’s being released from probation early after all of the cleanup and costs are complete.
The removal of the demolition debris — such as roofing shingles — must be complete by the end of the year, Egbert said. The barrels have been removed.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, acting on a tip, went to the Sereday Trucking site at 998 Broadway on Feb. 28 and dug up construction and demolition debris in several locations at the site.
Officials believe the burial of the materials occurred for about a year, starting in 2011.
Also found were 20 55-gallon drums of paint and paint thinner in a trucking trailer.
The site is not licensed as a construction and demolition debris landfill, and the company had no permit to store hazardous wastes, Egbert said.
Sereday’s attorney, Chris Gagan, said the barrels never leaked, and the crimes caused no environ- mental damage.