EPA goes beyond grave to pay clean-up bill

Oct 25, 2006 | 11:13 AM | Paul Schaffer

The estate of retired scrap processor Saul Senser, who died in May and whose company shipped 5,200 short tons of lead-acid automotive batteries to a polluting dismantler in the 1970s, is the target of a federal lawsuit to recover a potential $9 million in clean-up costs.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reluctant to treat the dispute as old history because the assets of Senser Metal Co., Barberton, Ohio, were sold to a friendly buyer in 1996 on an allegedly fraudulent basis. The motive of that deal, according to the federal government, was to shield Saul Senser from the alternatives of reimbursing the EPA or putting his company into bankruptcy.....

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