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NCJ Number: 156493 Find in a Library
Title: Sludge Runners
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:64  Issue:5  Dated:(May 1995)  Pages:22-26
Author(s): J Salzano
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
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Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article concerns the need for an integrated response from the entire public safety community to prevent illegal waste haulers from improperly disposing of their cargo.
Abstract: Waste haulers who choose to abuse the environment rather than dispose of their cargo in a legal and safe manner represent a growing minority of truckers who disregard public safety to increase profits. They generally work for, or are part of, organized crime groups and specialize in circumventing State and local environmental ordinances. Detecting and prosecuting illegal trucking practices is difficult because truckers often cross State lines, and what is illegal in one State may be legal in another. Environmental offenses committed by some truckers include: (1) selling as home heating oil pure diesel fuel mixed with corrosives, solvents, and other hazardous waste; (2) recycling waste oils back into the market instead of disposing of them at legal dumps in accordance with EPA guidelines; and (3) abandoning dilapidated trucks along with illicit cargo. The article includes suggestions for confronting these problems and dealing with environmental polluters. Endnotes
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Criminology; Environmental laws; Environmental offenses; Environmental quality; Illegal hazardous waste disposal; Interagency cooperation; Laws and Statutes; Municipal ordinances; Organized crime; Police pollution control enforcement
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