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Hillsboro firm will pay EPA $17,000 for waste export

Feds say exporter didn't label spent lead-acid battery waste

A Hillsboro company has agreed to pay $17,000 for failing to properly label spent lead-acid batteries that it shipped to Hong Kong.

According to the EPA, Jones International Groups, based in Hillsboro, arranged the export of 129 spent batteries to Hong Kong on Sept. 7, 2009, but didn't label the contents as 'universal waste,' instead calling the shipment 'mixed metal scrap.' The shipment was returned to the United States when Hong Kong officials discovered its true contents.

'Companies that collect discarded universal waste must be held accountable to manage these wastes in compliance with our laws which ensure that they will be properly handled,' said Edward Kowalski, EPA's Director of the Office of Compliance and Enforcement in Seattle.