Minnesota company fined for illegal waste storage
Roof Depot, which owned a store
in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was sentenced in U.S. District Court
for the District of Minnesota in Minneapolis for violating the
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by illegally storing and
disposing of hazardous wastes.
The court ordered Roof Depot to
pay a $75,000 criminal fine, pay restitution of more than $36,000
to the Hennepin County Department of Environmental Services (HCDES)
and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, pay an additional
$50,000 in restitution to the Midwest Environmental Enforcement
Association, provide in-kind contributions of goods worth $190,000
to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, serve five years probation
and pay an additional special assessment of $400.
In September 1998, the company
brought several pallet-loads of hazardous waste roofing cement,
strippers and solvents to its facility in Minneapolis and stored
them behind some buildings under a tarp.
In March 1999, these hazardous
wastes were buried in an unloading dock area that the company
was filling and grading.
The case was investigated by the
Minneapolis Office of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division
with the assistance of the City of Minneapolis and HCDES. It was
prosecuted by the U.S. attorney’s office in Minneapolis.