New Jersey company fined for illegal exports
As part of a national effort to crack down on the illegal
export of electronic waste, the United States Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) has fined a Lakewood, New Jersey
company that unlawfully shipped thousands of computer
monitors to Hong Kong. EPA fined Supreme Asset Management
and Recovery of Lakewood, New Jersey $199,900 for illegally
exporting non-working computer monitors to Hong Kong
in 2007 and 2008, and for failing to promptly respond
to EPA’s requests for information.
Computer monitors contain cathode ray tubes (CRTs), which
are the video display components of televisions and computer
monitors. The glass in CRTs typically contains enough
toxic lead to require managing it as hazardous waste
under certain circumstances. Color computer monitors
contain an average of four pounds of lead. CRTs may also
contain mercury, cadmium and arsenic.
EPA issued the fine under the federal Solid Waste Disposal
Act, a part of the Resource Conservation and Recovery
Act, which forbids the export of certain CRTs unless
the exporters notify and receive consent from EPA.