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Uncle Sam Whacks Pesticide Manufacturer

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (CN) - Insecticide manufacturer HPI Products "failed to comply with virtually any" of the applicable environmental law in storing and disposing of "hundreds of thousands of pounds of hazardous wastes over a period of more than 20 years" at its six plants in St. Joseph, the federal government says. Uncle Sam says the pesticide company didn't even bother to apply for a permit at any of the six plants.

The government claims HPI violated the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, and analogous state laws.

"This case involves the generation and improper storage and/or disposal of hundreds of thousands of pounds of hazardous wastes over a period of more than twenty years in violation of RCRA at six different HPI facilities in St. Joseph Missouri," the complaint states. "Indeed, throughout its operating history, HPI has failed to comply with virtually any of the RCRA requirements pertaining to the generation, storage, or disposal of hazardous waste. HPI has not applied for a RCRA hazardous waste permit for the treatment, storage or disposal of hazardous waste (TSD permit) at any of its facilities."

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