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COLORADO COMPANY OWNER SENTENCED FOR WASTE VIOLATION

Release Date: 11/29/2001
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FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2001
COLORADO COMPANY OWNER SENTENCED FOR WASTE VIOLATION

Luke C. Hester 202-564-7818/hester.luke@epa.gov


Bruce Spence, currently of Las Vegas, Nev., owner and operator of Cooling Systems International (CSI), a defunct radiator repair company located in Mesa County, Colo., was sentenced on Nov. 16 to spend 60 days in jail, pay a $100,000 fine and pay $125,000 in restitution for violating the Colorado Hazardous Waste Act. Spence was also placed on 10 years probation and barred from working in any business involving hazardous waste. Spence was convicted of illegally disposing of toxic hot tank sludge and lead-containing toxins by spreading them on the grounds of the CSI site. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Colorado Attorney General's Office and the Grand Junction Fire Department's Arson Investigators with the assistance of EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center It was prosecuted by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office in Denver.

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