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1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Curtis Technology, Inc.
S.D.  California  20-CR-00715

The company admitted that between December 12, 2015 and August 22, 2019, CTI owner Alex Jvirblis (deceased) and a maintenance employee transported chemicals, including waste ferric chloride, waste filter cake, waste alkaline, waste solvents and other chemical wastes, from the CTI location on Sorrento Valley Road to three residences in San Diego owned by Jvirblis located on Wrelton Drive, Corte Morea, and Bourgeois Way. The chemicals were not accompanied by a hazardous waste manifest at the time of transportation.

The waste ferric chloride and waste alkaline are federally-regulated hazardous wastes having the characteristic of corrosivity. The waste solvents are federally-regulated hazardous wastes having the characteristic of ignitability. The waste filter cake is a federally-regulated listed hazardous waste, assigned waste code F006 for wastewater treatment sludges from electroplating operations. All of these wastes are required by regulation to be transported with a uniform hazardous waste manifest. The firm admitted that Alex Jvirblish acted knowingly, that is with knowledge that the chemicals transported to the three sites were not accompanied by a hazardous waste manifest and with knowledge that the chemicals were waste that had the potential or substantial potential to be harmful to others or to the environment.

Federal search warrants were conducted at the three sites in November, 2019, and the chemicals were recovered. At one of the residences, chemicals were discovered which were too unstable to safely transport for disposal. The area was evacuated, and the chemicals were detonated on site by the Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad.

May 13, 2020

Curtis Technology, Inc., a San Diego firm that makes specialized coatings, pleaded guilty in federal court admitting that the company illegally transported hazardous waste from its facility without a manifest. In pleading guilty, Curtis Technology admitted that it conducted metal finishing operations at its location on Sorrento Valley Road, which generated various wastes, including ferric chloride, alkaline, waste filter cake, solvents and other chemicals.

Custis was sentenced to pay a $45,000 fine.

CITATION: 18 U.S.C. 2, 42 U.S.C. 6928(d)(5)
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

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