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Philips Metal, Telesector Resources Group

Philip Metals and Telesector Resources Group have both settled with New York State officials in lawsuits stemming from a court case that alleged Philips Metal, hired by NYNEX (Verizon) to recycle cables, disposed of lead illegally. Philip Metals and Telesector Resources Group are to pay $3.75 million, which is a significant sum for this manner of case, even though there is no evidence that any person was actually harmed by the dumping of the lead.

Most of that money will be put towards the preservation of areas along the Hudson River. Philips Metal, based out of Illinois, was fined $1 million for not treating lead, which was taken out of the cables, as hazardous waste and being lax in its disposal methods. Telesector Resources Group agreed to pay $2.75 million, but denied any wrongdoing. New York State officials said they were tipped off to the violations, but did not say whether or not an employee was involved. Most of the settlement will be used to create a park, and the rest will be given to the state and government agencies. (April-12-01) [THE JOURNAL NEWS]

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Published on Apr-24-05


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