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Missouri company caught storing hazardous waste in Franklin County gets probation, must help pay for cleanup

Missouri company caught storing hazardous waste in Franklin County gets probation, must help pay for cleanup

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The company, Missouri Green Materials, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in November. Two company officers, Daryl and Penny A. Duncan, were sentenced to probation in November and also ordered to pay the Environmental Protection Agency $1.5 million, as was U.S. Technology Corp. president Raymond Williams, of Ohio, who admitted sending the waste to Missouri.

Missouri Green Materials, the Duncans and Williams are equally responsible for paying that $1.5 million total and can split that debt, or one of them can pay it all.

The waste was generated when paint containing heavy metals was stripped from tanks, planes and other military equipment. It was originally dumped in Mississippi before environmental officials ordered U.S. Technology to excavate and remove it. It was illegally shipped in 2013 to a warehouse at 7627 Zero Road, near the small town of Berger, in a flood plain less than a mile from the Missouri River.

Mississippi officials later notified the Missouri Department of Natural Resources about the waste.

The Duncans each pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of placing someone in danger of death or serious bodily injury from a hazardous waste.

The EPA has “begun the planning process” to clean up the waste from the warehouse, according to a January update on the case.

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