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Owner of Oil Recovery Company Indicted for Illegal Storage of Hazardous Waste

On February 19, 2013, Klaus Genssler, owner of US Oil Recovery, was indicted in Harris County, Texas, on charges of illegally storing hazardous waste.

An inspection of the US Oil Recovery property, located in Pasadena, Texas, discovered numerous containers of hazardous waste which included benzene, a listed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hazardous waste. US Oil Recovery was authorized to treat oil bearing waste but was not permitted to store any type of hazardous waste.

US Oil was shut down by Harris County for violating the conditions of its treatment permit and was also cited by the U.S. Coast Guard for a leaking treatment container.

This is a joint investigation with EPA-CID and Harris County Constables.

Note:  An indictment, information, and criminal complaint are only accusations by the Government.  All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.