PITTSBURGH A defunct
appliance recycling operation in Wisconsin has been ordered to
pay $50,000 for the alleged improper handling of
The fine against APS Express
Inc. in Waukesha is the result of a civil complaint filed by
the state Department of Justice about recycling practices at
the facility between 2008 and 2010, according to a statement
from the state attorney generals office.
The state Justice Department
alleged that APS salvaged and dismantled refrigeration
equipment without approval from the Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources (DNR), failed to prevent the release of
fluorocarbons and didnt provide appropriate documentation
to the scrap metal dealer purchasing the appliances, among
other purported violations.
"Wisconsin law is very clear
that refrigerants must be properly recovered using safe
techniques and with proper documentation filed with the DNR,"
John Byron Van Hollen, the states attorney general,
The company, which closed the
facility and couldnt be reached for comment, will make
the payments in more than 30 installments beginning in May.