Los Angeles man jailed for waste mishandling
Behzad Kahoolyzadeh, a west Los
Angeles man, was sentenced in January in U.S. District Court in
Los Angeles to 37 months in jail and forced to pay $1.29 million
in cleanup costs for conspiracy to improperly store and transport
dangerous chemicals, primarily the dry cleaning solvent perchloroethylene
(PERC). Kahoolyzadeh, who also used the names Behzad Cohen and
David Cohen, pleaded guilty on March 4, 2004, to conspiracy on
two counts of the illegal transportation of hazardous waste and
two counts of illegally storing hazardous waste.
Kahoolyzadeh was associated with
a company called AAD Distribution and Dry Cleaning Services, Inc.
(AAD), based in Vernon, California. The company was one of the
largest handlers of dry cleaning waste in California until it
was shut down in January 2001. It charged dry cleaners to pick
up, treat and arrange for the disposal of a hazardous dry cleaning
compound known as PERC, a cancer-causing chemical. To hide permit
violations from city and state inspectors, Kahoolyzadeh and his
partners conspired to load drums filled with PERC waste onto trucks
before inspections. They then shipped the drums off-site and stored
them at facilities that were not permitted to store hazardous
wastes. Manifests for these shipments were falsified to conceal
the illegal shipments.
Hormoz Pourat, vice president of AAD, was also previously sentenced
to 37 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $1.29 million
in restitution for conspiring to violate hazardous waste laws.
The cases were investigated by
EPA’s Criminal Investigations Division; the Federal Bureau
of Investigation; the U.S. Department of Transportation; the California
Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Toxic Substances
Control; the city of Vernon; and the Colorado State Attorney General’s