Wisconsin attorney general settles with scrap dealer on violations

Metals America agrees to pay $20,000 for violating state laws regulating ozone-depleting refrigerants.

August 5, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
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Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that his office has obtained a judgment against the scrap metal company Metals America LLC, as well as company owner Harvey Siegel, which requires the parties to pay $20,000 in forfeitures, court costs and mandatory surcharges for violating Wisconsin laws regulating ozone-depleting refrigerants at the company’s Brown County, Wisconsin, metal salvage facility.

According to the complaint, from June 1, 2011, to Sept. 8, 2011, Metals America and Siegel intentionally released ozone-depleting refrigerant gases into the atmosphere while dismantling refrigerant-bearing appliances. During this time, Metals America employees, at the direction of Siegel, cut the refrigerant lines on at least 145 refrigerant-bearing appliances, the attorney general alleges.

The stipulation and order for judgment was approved by Brown County Circuit Court Judge Kendall Kelley onJuly 29, 2014.

To view the order, click here.