According to recent filings in the Solyndra bankruptcy case, not only did Solyndra squander over $500 million of your money, they also left behind a toxic waste dump which the company has no plans to fix.
One of the properties used by Solyndra was a building it leased from a company called iStarCTL. iStar was finally allowed back into the building earlier this month and here is what it found.
There may be environmental, health and safety issues and regulatory violations at the premises based on the materials the debtor [Solyndra] has left behind, which consist, in part, of open containers of unidentified chemical waste and lead processing machinery…
In one picture [filed with the court], two large blue drums are filled with a black substance with no secure lids and covered instead with clear plastic wrap. Another photograph shows a yellow drum about the size of a large garbage can containing a yellow-brown gooey substance.
Yet another picture shows a large machine with a metallic tube coming from the top and another tube from the side. Both tubes display the words “lead exhaust.” A smaller sign on the front of the machine says “toxic” next to what appears to be a small skull and crossbones. A large structure outside the facility has the words “Argon Refrigerated Liquid” on its side.
Court filings from the landlord also describe a high temperature oven assembly that is connected to an outside collection system, all of which are contaminated with lead.
It seems that Solyndra has no plans to clean up this toxic waste dump because, well, it doesn’t own the property.
This administratiuon can sure pick winners, can’t it?