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Tacoma: City settles landfill lawsuit for $225,000

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Aug. 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm with No Comments »
August 26, 2010 12:21 pm

The AP’s got the details:

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The city of Tacoma has agreed to pay nearly $225,000 and make enviromental improvements at its landfill to settle federal charges that it improperly disposed of chemicals retrieved from appliances.

The settlement was filed Wednesday at U.S. District Court in Tacoma. The U.S. attorney’s office alleged that from 2004 to 2007, technicians at the city’s landfill removed more than 2 tons of refrigerants such as Freon from appliances that were brought there for disposal or recycling.

Prosecutors say the amount processed was vastly more than the landfill was equipped to handle, and yet none of the chemicals were shipped elsewhere for reclamation or destruction.

The city did not admit wrongdoing but agreed to pay a fine of nearly $225,000. It also agreed to spend about $300,000 on environmental improvements, including retrofitting 10 tractor-trailers with diesel particulate filters and buying a plug-in hybrid terminal truck to replace a yard tractor at the landfill.

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