Texas man sentenced for dumping hazardous waste in Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Texas man has been sentenced to three years in prison for improperly disposing of hazardous electronic waste at a Central Kentucky recycling business.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports 63-year-old Kenneth Gravitt, of Austin, Texas, formerly operated Global Environmental Services, with facilities in Georgetown, Winchester and Cynthiana.

The business was supposed to recycle cathode ray tubes, but it took in more waste than it could handle and began dumping it at a landfill and in a hole behind the Georgetown facility.

U.S. Attorney Robert Duncan Jr. said in a news release it will likely cost several million dollars to clean up the contamination. Two warehouse owners who provided space to Gravitt face bankruptcy if the government doesn't provide a bailout for cleanup.

Gravitt was sentenced Friday in federal court in Lexington.

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