Fine for illegal dumping can't be wiped out in bankruptcy, state says
The state hopes to prevent a man facing a $2.65 million fine for the illegal disposal of radioactive waste from erasing that penalty in bankruptcy court.
The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services wants a judge to determine that Cory Hoskins’ debt is “nondischargeable,” meaning it can’t be wiped out in Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to a complaint filed in U.S Bankruptcy Court.
The cabinet, citing federal law, says an individual debtor should be not discharged from any debt that is payable to a government unit and that is not compensation for “actual pecuniary loss.”
Hoskins, through his company Advanced TENORM Services LLC, imported or arranged for the collection, transport and disposal of 2.4 million pounds of low-level radioactive waste from West Virginia and Ohio. The waste was dumped into landfills in Estill and Greenup counties from June 2015 through January 2016.