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February 4, 2013

Attorney General Koster sues St. Louis County computer business for hazardous waste violations

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against Discount Computers, Inc. (DCI) and Mark Glover for violations of Missouri’s Hazardous Waste Management Law.

Koster said that Discount Computers leased a building at 2055 Westport Center Drive in St. Louis to collect and strip computers and monitors in order to sell the parts.  Once the business finished its computer work, it abandoned everything at the warehouse and used it as a hazardous-waste disposal site.

Koster alleges that Mark Glover and DCI violated the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Law by:

  • Generating hazardous wastes by accumulating more than 2,000 cathode ray tube computer monitors (CRTs) at the building without registering as a hazardous-waste generator;
  • Unlawfully disposing of the CRTs and monitors by abandoning them; and
  • Operating a hazardous-waste facility at the building without a hazardous-waste facility permit.

Koster is asking the court to issue a preliminary and permanent injunction prohibiting DCI and Glover from any further violations of the Hazardous Waste Management Law, to assess a civil penalty up to $10,000 per day for each violation of the Hazardous Waste Management Law, and to require the defendants to pay all costs associated with the case.

 “Producing hazardous waste that harms our environment defeats the very purpose of recycling electronics,” said Attorney General Koster.  “Mr. Glover tried to maximize profit without taking responsibility for proper disposal.”



 
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