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Detroit Environmental Firm to Pay $5.5 Million for Illegal Hazardous Waste Transportation and Disposal

Release Date: 11/21/2002
Contact Information:

Teresa Libera 202-564-7873/

(11/21/02) U.S. Liquids of Detroit Inc., which does business as USL-City Environmental Inc., in Detroit, Mich., pleaded guilty on Nov. 13, in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit to violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Rivers and Harbors Act. Between Aug. 1 and Aug. 15, 1999, USL transported hazardous waste without a permit to an un-permitted landfill and also discharged hazardous waste into the Detroit River. According to the plea agreement, USL will pay a $4.5 million fine and provide $1 million to non-profit organizations for the purpose of conserving, restoring and protecting the watershed of the Detroit River. In addition, USL must develop an environmental compliance program. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the FBI with the assistance of EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit.