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Hazardous Waste Transport Company and Owner Plead Guilty to Failure to Maintain Commercial Driver Training Records

On February 10, 2014, in U.S. District Court, Los Angeles, California, Barry Bancroft, owner of Slate Industrial Services (SIS), pleaded guilty to failure to maintain commercial motor vehicle driver training records. On the same date, SIS pleaded guilty to transportation of hazardous waste without a manifest. 

Our investigation was initiated after an explosive reaction between incompatible hazardous waste materials occurred at a Home Depot retail store. The investigation determined that the commercial driver was not trained to carry hazardous materials. However, under the direction of SIS, various waste streams were consolidated into a single drum. 

We conducted the investigation jointly with FBI, California Department of Toxic Substance Control, Los Angeles County Fire Department-Health Hazmat and the Environmental Protection Agency.