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TEXAS WASTE TRANSPORTER CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL MANIFEST IN HAZARDOUS WASTE DIVERSION TO MEXICO

Release Date: 12/29/2000
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, DEC. 29, 2000
TEXAS WASTE TRANSPORTER CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL
MANIFEST IN HAZARDOUS WASTE DIVERSION TO MEXICO


On Dec. 19, Cleanmex International Corp., of Brownsville, Texas, was charged with violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by falsifying a hazardous waste manifest. Cleanmex imports hazardous waste generated by maquiladora plants in Mexico into the United States for proper disposal. In December 1995, Cleanmex prepared a manifest that allegedly falsely stated that hazardous paint waste was imported from Mexico to a Texas waste disposal facility. However it is further alleged that the paint waste was actually returned to a Mexican waste disposal facility which charged a lower rate. Cleanmex then allegedly billed its customer at a much higher fee for the disposal cost for Texas. The case is being investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas in Brownsville.

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