CRT Processor Closed Loop collapse is possible as financial, regulatory and compliance issues mount raising concerns they will leave behind the largest stockpile of CRT Glass in history. Estimates show the numbers could exceed 91 Million pounds at their Ohio and Arizona facilities. In an earlier ATR post we reported Closed Loop was no longer R2 Certified and stockpiles of CRT glass were reaching critical mass but little to nothing has been done to clean it up. Resource Recycling has been following the story since the beginning and has a full report here on the technical details of the lawsuits and looping environmental implications of the impending closure.
A snippet from the report shows the Ohio EPA issued a notice of violation (NOV) to Closed Loop for speculatively accumulating CRT material at its primary and secondary Columbus facilities. In addition, EPA officials found improper storage and labeling of material. “Be advised that due to the nature of the violation, Ohio EPA may require closure,” the April 11 notice states.
According to court filings, property manager Garrison Southfield Park is already preparing for the cleanup of the Watkins Road location in Columbus. That site, which is under lease by Closed Loop until 2020, has served as its primary processing site in Ohio since 2012.
“Defendant Closed Loop has breached the lease by leaving the premises with millions of pounds of discarded cathode ray tubes and ancillary scrap materials filling the premises and otherwise contaminating the premises,” Garrison Southfield Park’s filing reads.
The property management company has “commanded” that Closed Loop leave the premises and pay nearly $4 million in back and future rent as well as “millions of dollars for the cost incurred by Garrison to perform the environmental clean-up of the premises.”
In our next post we’ll discuss the new Illinois legislation that was just passed that circumvents the R2 and e-Stewards compliance standards and allows a handful of companies to landfill CRT glass when placing them into “storage cells”… Is the stage set to relocate the largest CRT stockpile of contaminated lead glass in US history right into our nations heartland?
Please note, Advanced Technology Recycling terminated all service agreements with Closed Loop 2 years ago and no materials have been sent to any of their facilities. ATR has strict downstream vendor audits to ensure customer materials are properly managed, isn’t it time to ReThink Electronic Recycling…ThinkATR!
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