The owner of an Anchorage, Alaska, pavement painting business has pleaded guilty in federal court to criminal violations of the Resource, Conservation and Recovery Act (RCR A) for abandoning more than 200,000 pounds of hazardous waste, including lead, methyl methacrylate paint and toluene. United States v. Vizzerra, No. 12-69 (D. Alaska plea entered 8/17/12). According to court records, defendant and his company, Precision Pavement Markings, began moving 55-gallon waste drums to a rental storage lot in 2006. In November 2009, defendant stopped paying rent on the lot and made “no attempts . . . to properly dispose of the waste.” EPA investigators found 321 55-gallon drums, 179 five-gallon pails, and two 200-gallon totes of highly flammable waste at the site. The company that leased the lot to defendant spent $380,877.60 to clean up and properly dispose of the waste. Under the terms of the plea agreement, defendant faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of $50,000 per day of violation. Sentencing has been scheduled for November 14, 2012. See Department of Justice News Release, August 17, 2012.