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Lawsuit: DEQ looked other way at hazardous waste site

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An Ohio company is accusing the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and two department employees of letting a Mississippi contractor hide pollution at a hazardous waste recycling site in Yazoo City.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/1PtmpOy ) that U.S. Technology Corp. of Canton, Ohio, says in a federal lawsuit that the alleged actions cost it millions of dollars in extra cleanup costs.

Department spokesman Robbie Wilbur says the claims are without merit.

The contractor's former owner pleaded guilty in 2007 to improperly disposing of hazardous metals and lying to cover up the scheme.

The lawsuit filed in July says DEQ assured U.S. Technology that it visited the site often and approved the operation. It alleges that a DEQ employee knew about holes used to hide or illegally dump barrels of hazardous waste.