Attorney General announces indictment of Denver residents suspected of illegally disposing of dry cleaning chemicals

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has obtained an indictment for Continental Fabric Care, Inc,, and its owners June Ho Choi (DOB: 12/21/1951) and Hyun S. Pak (DOB: 4/5/1948), concerning their involvement in the abandonment of hazardous chemicals in eastern Denver.

According to the indictment, filed in Denver District Court, Pak and Choi abandoned a tractor-trailer containing drums of dangerous chemicals parked in the 3700 block of Nome Street in Denver. Neither individual nor their business, Continental Fabric Care, were licensed to dispose of or store dry cleaning chemicals there. Following the discovery of the chemicals, Pak and Choi are suspected of lying to officials from the Environmental Protection Agency about the tractor trailer and the chemicals.

“Illegally stored hazardous waste can harm the public and the environment,” said Lori Hanson, Special Agent in Charge of EPA’s criminal enforcement program in Colorado.  “The waste in this case can cause dizziness, nausea, unconsciousness and even death.  Today’s indictments show that we will work with our state law enforcement partners to prosecute those who refuse to comply with the law and in the process put the public and the environment at risk.”

The Office of the Attorney General investigated the case and secured the indictment with the assistance of the Colorado Environmental Crime Task Force, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigations Division.

Consumer who believe illegal dumping or other environmental crimes have taken place can file a complaint online via www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/environmentalcrime.

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