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OEMs, others agree to tentative settlements in Closed Loop case

Published: September 19, 2022
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A number of e-scrap companies and OEMs have settled in court regarding CRT cleanup costs in the Closed Loop case. | Alex Staroseltsev/Shutterstock

A resolution may be near in the years-long legal battle over who should help fund the cleanup of about 150 million pounds of abandoned CRT materials in Columbus, Ohio.

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Defendants agree to pay $550,000 to clean up CRT sites

Published: July 8, 2022
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Two new settlements totaling over $500,000 are the latest in the Closed Loop Refining CRT cleanup case. | corgarashu/Shutterstock

Two New England e-scrap recycling companies have agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to help fund CRT cleanups at former Closed Loop Refining and Recovery warehouses in Ohio.

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Here’s how local leaders feel about one state program

Published: June 23, 2022
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The Washington Department of Ecology asked over 100 governments to fill out a survey on e-scrap program effectiveness. | Susan Montgomery/Shutterstock

Washington state’s e-scrap program released a report outlining the sentiments of community officials when it comes to collection convenience and more. Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s E-Cycle program awarded a round of grant funding.

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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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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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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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Judge: Sony may have more CRT responsibility in Ohio

Published: October 14, 2021
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Ten other defendants in the Closed Loop stockpile lawsuit objected to the Sony settlement amount. | Boonchuay1970 / Shutterstock

A federal judge denied Sony’s $1.2 million settlement in the Closed Loop cleanup case, saying the dollar amount may not cover all the pounds connected to the OEM.

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