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Leading edge aviation sentenced for unlawful handling at Greenville, Miss. facility.

Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc. (Leading Edge), a corporation headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, was sentenced recently by United States District Judge Glen Davidson, in Aberdeen, Mississippi, following a guilty plea to one felony count of treating, storing, or disposing of hazardous waste without a permit at Leading Edge's now shuttered Greenville, Mississippi, facility.

Leading Edge operated a commercial aircraft painting facility at Greenville's Mid-Delta Regional Airport until mid-2013. The process of stripping paint from aircraft in preparation for repainting generated large volumes of hazardous wastes that Leading Edge was required to properly manage. However, an investigation by the government revealed that from April 23, 2010 to May 16, 2010, Leading Edge failed to properly manage its hazardous wastes when it stored them in an open pit without a permit.

Judge Davidson sentenced Leading Edge to pay a criminal fine in the amount of $700,000. Leading Edge will pay a separate $275,000 civil penalty to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and a $25,000 community service payment to the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials, a non-profit corporation.

The activity to which Leading Edge plead guilty occurred prior to the company's purchase by a new ownership group in April 2012. The company, under the direction of its new ownership, cooperated fully with the EPA's investigation of this matter.

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Comment:Leading edge aviation sentenced for unlawful handling at Greenville, Miss. facility.(FINES AND PENALTIES)
Publication:Hazardous Waste Superfund Alert
Geographic Code:1U6MS
Date:Nov 14, 2014
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