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Utah Medical Waste Firm Owner Charged with Illegal Discharge to City Sewers

Release Date: 03/20/2003
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Teresa Libera 202-564-7873/

(03/20/03)David I. Kali, former owner of Aseptic Services Inc., in Orem, Utah, was charged with violating state pretreatment standards for allegedly discharging wastes into publically owned sewage treatment systems. Aseptic Services accepted approximately 300 boxes per month of medical wastes from various federal medical facilities in Arizona, Utah and Idaho. The wastes were incinerated and produced “quenching fluid,” which is a very caustic waste byproduct and contains chromium, lead and zinc. Aseptic Services allegedly then discharged this wastewater into the Orem City Sewers. The water container higher than permitted levels of chromium, lead and zinc and was extremely acidic, which then caused corrosion of the concrete sewer pipes downstream from the Aseptic Services facility. The charged was filed on March 10 in the Fourth Judicial District Court for Utah County. The case was investigated jointly by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Utah Attorney General’s Office and the FBI with the assistance of the Orem Public Works Department; it will be prosecuted by the Utah Attorney General’s Office. The bringing of charges is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in a court of law.