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Four settlements approved in Closed Loop CRT case

Published: June 3, 2022
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Two OEMs and two e-scrap processors recently had a judge approve their settlements with the former landlords of Closed Loop Refining and Recovery in Ohio. | photosync/Shutterstock

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Two OEMs and two e-scrap processors will pay a combined $187,000 to settle allegations they’re legally responsible to help pay for CRT cleanups at former Closed Loop Refining and Recovery warehouses in Ohio.

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Former CEO avoids CRT crimes but pleads guilty to tax charge

Published: May 19, 2022
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View of broken CRT glass stored in a Glen Flora, Wis., warehouse where 5R Processors previously operated, taken during a September 2021 DNR inspection. | Courtesy of Wisconsin DNR.

The former head of e-scrap company 5R Processors pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes as part of a plea bargain in which prosecutors dropped CRT-related hazardous waste and wire fraud charges.

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Former ECS Refining owners settle suit alleging sabotage

Published: January 27, 2022
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The settlement with James and Kenneth Taggart comes after nearly four years of legal battling following the 2018 bankruptcy and closure of ECS. | Nikolay Antonov/Shutterstock

James and Kenneth Taggart and their insurance provider agreed to pay $1.35 million to settle a lawsuit alleging they intentionally crippled their e-scrap company to fend off bankers who were angling for a hostile takeover.

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Former Total Reclaim exec headed to prison (again)

Published: January 20, 2022
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On Jan. 18, a federal judge sentenced Jeffrey Zirkle to six months in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $126,000 in restitution to the government for a tax crime. | Chodyra Mike/Shutterstock

After serving two years behind bars, former Total Reclaim owner Jeffrey Zirkle has been sentenced to another six months. This time, he pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company and dodging taxes.

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Kuusakoski’s $6 million CRT cleanup deal approved

Published: January 13, 2022
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Inside the cleaned facility at 2200 Fairwood Ave.

The 131,000-square-foot space that had been leased by Closed Loop at 2200 Fairwood Ave. was cleaned up as of July 14, 2021. | Courtesy of Ensafe’s closure report.

On the final day of 2021, a judge approved Kuusakoski’s $6 million legal settlement with Ohio warehouse owners, marking a major milestone in the years-long Closed Loop CRT cleanup case.

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Walmart sued over disposal of e-scrap and other materials

Published: December 23, 2021
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According to the lawsuit, from 2015 through 2021 discarded electronics were found in Walmart compactors in over a dozen California counties. | Sundry Photography/Shutterstock

California’s attorney general and several district attorneys this week filed suit against Walmart, alleging the major retailer routinely improperly disposes of e-scrap and other hazardous waste. The company told E-Scrap News the state’s demands go beyond what’s required by law.

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Former e-scrap exec sentenced to three years probation

Published: December 2, 2021
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Regulators estimate that Recycletronics stockpiled nearly 17 million pounds of CRT materials and other scrap electronics. | nampix/Shutterstock

The former leader of Recycletronics, an Iowa e-scrap firm that amassed CRT stockpiles and failed in 2017, has been sentenced to probation for violating federal hazardous waste laws.

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Eastern Electronics Recycling owner pleads guilty to CRT crime

Published: December 2, 2021
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A former e-scrap business owner on Nov. 17 pleaded guilty to knowingly storing hazardous waste without a permit, in violation of federal law. | underworld/Shutterstock

The owner and operator of a North Carolina e-scrap company has pleaded guilty to illegally storing lead-bearing CRT materials.

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