High-Tech Gear in High-Stakes Legal Battle
But, the landowner said he's already cleaned most of it up, and he blamed election-year politics for any problem.
"Our main goal is to make sure that the area is clean," said Scott Holste, spokesman for Attorney General Jay Nixon.
Robert Sooter said he bought the land with the intent to clear it of junked computers.
"We've been working with DNR and they've told us several times what they want done," he explained.
Sooter said he cleaned up 80% of the microchip mess, but Attorney General Jay Nixon still sued him.
"And I actually think it's a political thing," Sooter complained.
Nixon's lawsuit stated the Midwest Recycling site has several thousand computer screens and is a safety hazard. Sooter said that's no longer true.
"This was trash. Now we have a garden and we even mow up to where the computers were," he said.
Sooter and Nixon agree the previous owner, Elmer Dillard, promised the state he would recycle the computers, but he didn't. The Department of Natural Resources said the computer dumping did not contaminate the land.
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