PITTSBURGH The owners of
Portland, Ore.-based Anfield & Sons Metal Recyclers LLC
have pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of violating the
federal Clean Air Act.
Brothers Carl Anfield, 37, and
James Anfield, 42, are accused of recycling refrigerators,
vending machines and appliances for scrap metal but taking no
precautions to prevent the release of refrigerants into the
air, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in
The company, which had major
industrial contracts with companies and recycled thousands of
machines between 2006 and 2008, allegedly sold the scrap to a
processor for $2.34 million.
Following a grand jury
investigation, the brothers were indicted on three felony
charges, including conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act as
well as Clean Air Act refrigerator and vending machine
When entering into contracts
with major customers, Anfield misrepresented itself and said it
complied with environmental laws and regulations, according to
court documents. But workers allegedly were instructed to use
sledgehammers, cutting tools and torches to cut refrigeration
lines, allowing refrigerantsincluding
fluorocarbonsto escape into the atmosphere.
Both men have been released as
they await trial, which is set for Jan. 15.
Neither man could be reached for