A number of federal agents with the Environmental Protection Agency have raided the offices of Upstate Laboratories in East Syracuse.
The agents came in armed and wearing bulletproof vests, but as the morning progressed the vests were taken off and boxes were brought in to gather evidence. The agents referred CNY Central to the U.S. Attorney's office in Syracuse, but federal prosecutor John Duncan has had no comment so far.
According to its website , Upstate Laboratories at 6034 Corporate Drive has a staff of chemists and field agents who do test for environmental remediation and other projects. A source close to the investigation who asked not to be identified told CNYcentral exclusively that the company was backdating test results, mishandling lab samples and fabricating results.
The source claims to have contacted the Environmental Protection Agency, which brought about today's raid. The source says Upstate Laboratories does work for companies in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York City, and has local clients as well, including several landfills.
Reached by phone, Upstate Laboratories owner Tony Scala told CNY Central that the EPA is looking into allegations brought by a former employee who was fired from the company. Scala says the EPA agents are simply doing their job investigating those allegations. There is no truth to these allegations, everything we do here is above board, Scala said.
The raid is ongoing, but CNY Central has not witnessed any arrests yet.
Stay with CNY Central for updates from reporter Jim Kenyon throughout the day.