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The owners of a closed Tioga County metal foundry have been indicted on charges of illegally storing 33 tons of hazardous waste at the abandoned site in Owego, state officials announced.

Eunice Sweet, 71, her son John Sweet III, 48, and their company, Tioga Casting Facilities, were indicted on charges of second-degree unlawful possession of hazardous wastes and endangering public health, safety or the environment in the third degree. All are Class E felonies.

If convicted, the Sweets face $100,000 fines and four years in jail, state Attorney General Robert Abrams and state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Thomas Jorling said Friday.

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