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United States v. Interstate Lead Company, Inc.

996 F.2d 1126 (1993)

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United States v. Interstate Lead Company, Inc.

United States District Court for the Eleventh Circuit

996 F.2d 1126 (1993)

Facts

Interstate Lead Company, Inc. (ILCO) (defendant) ran a facility that reclaimed lead, a highly hazardous material, from spent car batteries. The lead battery components were removed and smelted into ingots for resale. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (plaintiffs) brought an enforcement action against ILCO for civil penalties and to enjoin violations related to waste products. According to the EPA, the reclaimed lead components were waste products falling under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (the act). ILCO argued that the lead parts were not waste under the act, because they were recycled. The district court ruled in favor of the EPA, and ILCO appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Fay, J.)

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