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MISSOURI MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO
ILLEGAL HAZARDOUS WASTE STORAGE


MISSOURI MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL HAZ. WASTE STORAGE
FOR RELEASE:   FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 1999



 MISSOURI MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL HAZARDOUS WASTE STORAGE

Billy L. Stevens of Kansas City, Mo.  pleaded guilty on Dec. 21, 1998 in
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri in Kansas City,
Mo., for illegally storing hazardous wastes in violation of the Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act.  The defendant was co-owner, President and
Director of Operations of RS Services Inc., which operates in Kansas City,
Mo. as Mizzou Painting and Special Coatings (Mizzou).  From 1996 through
1998 the defendant stored petroleum based wastes, chlorinated compounds
and spent solvents at the Mizzou facility without a permit.  When
sentenced Stevens faces a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison
and/or a fine of up to $250,000.  The case was investigated by EPA
Criminal Investigation Division and was prosecuted by the U.S. Department
of Justice. 

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