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Recycler settles environmental citation

Keywords: Tags  recycler, Steel Etc, contaminated soil, EPA, lawsuit, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Steel Etc LLP and Steel Etc Holding Co. will pay $140,000 to settle an environmental complaint by the Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Montana Hazardous Waste Act.

The settlement and civil penalty are not an admission of guilt, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Montana.

"We compromised to avoid the cost and time associated with litigation and are glad to have it behind us," Steel Etc president Bob McIntyre said.

The Great Falls, Mont., company learned from an engineering firm in 2007 that 1,600 tons of soil it had sent to a landfill in 2005 allegedly were contaminated with lead from the property’s previous use as a battery cracking operation, and it contacted the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to inform them of the issue.

The EPA said it was the company’s responsibility to determine if the soil was clean before disposal.

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