November 15, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and the federal government have reached an agreement with HPI Products and the company’s president, William Garvey, to clean up hazardous waste at the company’s facilities and to pay $150,000 in civil penalties to the U.S. Treasury and Missouri for violation of hazardous waste laws.
Koster said HPI Products, located in St. Joseph, manufactures and reformulates herbicides and pesticides and as a result generates hazardous wastes. He said rather than properly disposing of those wastes, HPI stored the wastes in its manufacturing facility and five warehouses in St. Joseph. The company also unlawfully dumped pesticide-containing industrial waste down floor drains into the St. Joseph sewer system.
The federal government earlier indicted HPI and Garvey on charges of illegal storage and disposal of hazardous waste. Garvey pled guilty and was sentenced to six months in prison and a $100,000 fine, while HPI pled guilty and paid a $300,000 fine. In December 2008, a civil complaint was filed alleging hazardous waste disposal violations.
Koster said under the agreement, HPI and Garvey will clean up the sites at an estimated cost of $10 million to $15 million and will pay $75,000 in civil penalties to the state and $23,520 to the Department of Natural Resources for cost recovery and oversight costs. In addition, Garvey is required to sell his car and boat collection and pay the state 45 percent of the proceeds.
“Taking care of our environment is a responsibility we all share,” Koster said. “This office takes that responsibility seriously and will continue to vigorously enforce the laws governing the use of our natural resources.”