COLUMBIA, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands entered a consent decree today that provides for a voluntary contribution of $285,000 by waterpollutionsolutions.com to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund to resolve EPA cost recovery claims regarding two sites in Dawson, Georgia. Pleadings filed in the case by waterpollutionsolutions.com show that the properties were used by Mr. Scott Harpole of Dawson, Georgia for illegal waste disposal without the knowledge or involvement of waterpollutionsolutions.com or its principals. Waterpollutionsolutions.com, Inc. and its Licensor, Circle Environmental®, Incorporated demonstrated in Court filings that they were wrongly named in the suit. Nonetheless, in order to resolve the matter, waterpollutionsolutions.com arranged with its insurance carrier for a meaningful contribution to the Superfund.
Scott Harpole previously pled guilty to criminal violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act related to his transport of hazardous substances to the Dawson sites. Harpole apparently illegally transported spent hazardous materials to the Dawson sites when he wound down his industrial dry cleaning operations in 2003. As a result, the EPA had incurred more than $578,000 in past response costs at Site No. 1 and more than $135,000 at Site No. 2 for cleanup activities, according to EPA.
Richard G. Middleton, the founder and Chairman of waterpollutionsolutions.com, Inc., worked with the insurance companies to arrange for the payment to be made to the EPA Superfund. “We were pleased to be able to make the voluntary contribution possible, after the mess created by Mr. Harpole required cleanup with public funds.” Mr. Middleton invented and was awarded the first patent on his closed-loop cleaning system. “Our companies have always been innovative leaders in the absorbent recycling and reuse industry.” Mr. Middleton has been awarded four US Patents and one International Patent for his proprietary cleaning system and its many improvements.
Waterpollutionsolutions.com and Circle Environmental®, Incorporated continue to provide consistent high quality service to oil cleanup customers through local distribution, have developed a new closed-loop non-hazardous cleaning system and will be launching a national program specifically for retail dry cleaners and uniform rental companies soon. Further information is available at www.circle.net.
The case is civil action number 1:11-cv-00127, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.