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Ahmed el-Sherif wasn’t even fined the entire cleanup cost! The EPA Superfund program spent $216,000 more than his fine! He wasn’t sent to jail, either, but merely given parole, for leaving a horrible radioactive mess. He founded the American Muslim Council of Greater Kansas City, and has been active in various charities. What was Sherif doing at his lab and why did he leave it as such a mess? Why is no one asking? Why wasn’t he fined the cleanup amount, plus court fees? Why wasn’t he sent to jail?
On Thursday, July 26, 2018, “a federal judge found Ahmed el-Sherif, the owner, operator, and radiation safety officer for Beta Chem Laboratory in Lenexa, Kansas, guilty of illegally storing hazardous waste in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act… After Beta Chem was unable to provide KDHE with the required financial assurances regarding decommissioning the lab in the event that it was closed, KDHE inspected Beta Chem and discovered extensive radioactive contamination throughout the laboratory, including some parts of the lab with levels so high their instruments could not accurately read them. The radioactive contamination extended to the laboratory furniture, the equipment, including refrigerators, and containers of chemicals that were supposed to be non-radioactive. The next day, KDHE issued an Emergency Order of Suspension of License… EPA’s Superfund program spent over $760,000 to remove and dispose of the hazardous waste… “Even when told to stop his dangerous practice, Mr. el-Sherif continued to ignore the risks. Yesterday’s guilty verdict should send a clear message that EPA will hold accountable those who willfully violate the law.” http://web.archive.org/web/20181015132526/https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/kansas-city-area-laboratory-owner-convicted-illegally-storing-hazardous-waste
Was El-Sherif arrested? Sent to prison? Did he flee to Egypt, or even Jordan, where is uncle was a diplomat? Apparently not. The US government merely gave him a fine and two years parole earlier this year! The fine was less than the clean up cost. He may have been born when Sinai was under British control, and may not have the right to return to Egypt. See news release further down.
Ahmed El-Sherif was born in the Sinai (Egypt) and moved to the USA in 1979 and became a US citizen in 1985. He founded the American Muslim Council of Greater Kansas City. This has details connecting him to his Jordanian diplomat uncle (as well as Beta Chem). http://web.archive.org/web/20160310001500/http://www.cres.org/pubs/ahmed.htm
More information on his uncle: “Kamel Al Sharif, the chairman of the executive council for the general Islamic Conference for Jerusalem” http://web.archive.org/web/20180801035506/http://www.jordanembassy.nl/news/2007/FEB/id050207c2.htm
What was Sherif doing at his lab and why did he leave it as such a mess? Why is no one asking?
HE WAS FINED FOR LESS THAN THE CLEANUP COST! AND ONLY GETS 2 YEARS PROBATION!
“Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Lab Owner Ordered to Pay $544,000 For Environmental Violation
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – The owner of the now-closed Beta Chem Laboratory in Lenexa has been ordered to pay $544,287 in restitution for storing hazardous waste without a license, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said… El-Sherif will serve two years on federal probation…“http://web.archive.org/web/20190131191310/https://www.justice.gov/usao-ks/pr/lab-owner-ordered-pay-544000-environmental-violation
Mood music – http://youtu.be/bJ9r8LMU9bQ
Sherif is “an Arabic word meaning “noble”, “highborn”, or “honourable”
“Sunnis in the Arab world reserve the term shareef/sherif for descendants of Hasan ibn Ali,… [grandchild] of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, through the marriage of his cousin Ali and his daughter Fatima… From 1201 until 1925, when the Hejaz was conquered by Ibn Saud, this family (the descendants of Hasan ibn Ali) held the office of the Sharīf of Mecca, often also carrying the title and office of King of Hejaz. Descendants now rule the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the name is taken from the Banu Hashim, the sub-tribe of Banu Quraish, to which Muhammad belonged.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharif
“From the 10th century onwards, the sharif (religious leader) of Mecca and its emir was, by traditional agreement, a Hashemite. Before World War I, Hussein bin Ali of the Hashemite Dhawu-‘Awn clan ruled the Hejaz on behalf of the Ottoman sultan. For some time it had been the practice of the Sublime Porte to appoint the Emir of Mecca from among a select group of candidates. In 1908, Hussein bin Ali was appointed to the Emirate of Mecca. He found himself increasingly at odds with the Young Turks in control at Istanbul, while he strove to secure his family’s position as hereditary emirs.
During and after World War I
Sharif Hussein bin Ali rebelled against the rule of the Ottomans during the Arab Revolt of 1916. Between 1917 and 1924, after the collapse of Ottoman power, Hussein bin Ali ruled an independent Hejaz, of which he proclaimed himself king, with the tacit support of the British Foreign Office. His supporters are sometimes referred to as “Sharifians” or the “Sharifian party”. Hussein bin Ali’s chief rival in the Arabian Peninsula, the king of the Najd (highlands), Ibn Saud, annexed the Hejaz in 1925 and established his own son, Faysal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, as governor. The region was later incorporated into Saudi Arabia…” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashemites
“Hashemite custodianship of Jerusalem holy sites refers to Jordan’s royal family role in tending Muslim and Christian holy sites in the city of Jerusalem. The legacy traces back to 1924 when the Supreme Muslim Council, the highest Muslim body in charge of Muslim community affairs in Mandatory Palestine, accepted Hussein bin Ali (Sharif of Mecca) as custodian of Al-Aqsa. The custodianship became a Hashemite legacy administered by consecutive Jordanian kings….” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashemite_custodianship_of_Jerusalem_holy_sites
Press Release: “King receives cable from Chairman of Executive Council of Islamic Conference for Jerusalem Monday, February 05, 2007 Amman – (Petra) – His Majesty King Abdullah II on Sunday received a cable from Kamel Al Sharif, the chairman of the executive council for the general Islamic Conference for Jerusalem, who expressed thanks and appreciation for the King over his endowment to rebuild the Saladin platform and returning it back to Al Aqsa Mosque.”
Did he export radioactive materials to poison Arafat because of “Black September”? Did he export it for other reasons? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cause_of_Yasser_Arafat%27s_death
“Black September (Arabic: أيلول الأسود; Aylūl Al-Aswad) was a conflict fought in Jordan between the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF), under the leadership of King Hussein, and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), under the leadership of Yasser Arafat, primarily between 16 and 27 September 1970, with certain actions continuing until 17 July 1971. After Jordan lost control of the West Bank to Israel in 1967, Palestinian fighters known as fedayeen moved their bases to Jordan and stepped up their attacks on Israel and Israeli-occupied territories. One Israeli retaliation on a PLO camp based in Karameh, a Jordanian town along the border with the West Bank, developed into a full-scale battle. The perceived joint Jordanian-Palestinian victory in the 1968 Battle of Karameh led to an upsurge in Arab support for the Palestinian fighters in Jordan. The PLO’s strength in Jordan grew, and by the beginning of 1970, groups within the PLO had started to openly call for the overthrow of the Hashemite monarchy…“. Read the rest here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_September
Russia and Jordan have had diplomatic relations since 1963, and their relationship was “ very strong and friendly” according to Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan–Russia_relations
Jordan Times: “Jordan set to enter Eurasia markets with Russia’s support
Feb 15, 2018 · AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday held a summit meeting that focused on Jordanian-Russian strategic partnership relations, as well as the current …” http://www.jordantimes. com/news/local/jordan-set-enter-eurasia-markets-russia%E2%80%99s-support
Jordan Times: “Jordan hails Russia’s stance on Palestine, calls for wider Arab-Russian cooperation Apr 16, 2019 · AMMAN — Jordan on Wednesday highlighted the importance of building on the “historical” relations between the Arab region and Russia and increasing coordination towards reaching solutions for …” http://www.jordantimes. com/news/local/jordan-hails-russias-stance-palestine-calls-wider-arab-russian-cooperation
It will be difficult to impossible to hold liable those who appear Holtec’s most important engineers. Unlike El-Sherif, they aren’t even US citizens: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/the-iffy-foreign-engineers-responsible-for-holtec-spent-nuclear-fuel-storage-small-modular-reactors-holtec-abuse-of-h1b-visas-no-apparent-effort-to-find-recruit-talent/
Another weird story: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/radioactive-waste-dump-owner-semnani-paid-govt-official-600000-official-went-to-jail-got-cancer-semnani-got-fined-became-iran-policy-expert-philanthropist/
“Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 27, 2018
Kansas City Area Laboratory Owner Convicted of Illegally Storing Hazardous Waste
Lab Used Radioactive Material and Solvents
Yesterday, a federal judge found Ahmed el-Sherif, the owner, operator, and radiation safety officer for Beta Chem Laboratory in Lenexa, Kansas, guilty of illegally storing hazardous waste in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. McAllister for the District of Kansas, and Jessica Taylor, Director of the Criminal Investigation Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Honorable Julie A. Robinson issued a written verdict following the trial, which took place in February 2018. El-Sherif wanted, and was permitted, to waive his right to a jury trial and the case was heard by Judge Robinson in what is known as a “bench trial.”
El-Sherif, a trained chemist of Leawood, Kansas, started Beta Chem in the mid-1990s after having worked at several other radioactive synthesis laboratories. He used radioactive Carbon-14 and solvents in his operation, under license by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). KDHE has assumed regulatory authority for these purposes from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission under the Atomic Energy Act.
After Beta Chem was unable to provide KDHE with the required financial assurances regarding decommissioning the lab in the event that it was closed, KDHE inspected Beta Chem and discovered extensive radioactive contamination throughout the laboratory, including some parts of the lab with levels so high their instruments could not accurately read them. The radioactive contamination extended to the laboratory furniture, the equipment, including refrigerators, and containers of chemicals that were supposed to be non-radioactive. The next day, KDHE issued an Emergency Order of Suspension of License.
EPA conducted a hazardous waste inspection the same month, and subsequently notified el-Sherif of hazardous waste violations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA also informed el-Sherif of his legal obligation to properly manage hazardous waste under RCRA.
During the ensuing years, KDHE communicated with el-Sherif about the radioactive contamination at Beta Chem and they entered into a consent agreement in which he agreed to come up with a plan to remediate and dispose of the radioactive waste. While he engaged a number of consultants, el-Sherif never took any action to actually clean up the lab.
On October 4, 2013, after issuing an Emergency Order to Seize and Secure Radioactive Materials, KDHE took control of Beta Chem and secured the facility. EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, executed a search warrant at Beta Chem on January 22, 2014, where agents discovered numerous containers containing hazardous wastes and contaminated with radiation. EPA determined there to be 1,138 containers at the lab, of which 886 had intact manufacturer labels with no handwriting, which showed many of those to be hazardous. The other containers were field tested for hazardous characteristics before being disposed of. In total, EPA determined there to be over two hundred pounds of hazardous waste, some of which was acute hazardous waste. All of the containers tested were radioactive, and forty-five percent of the contents tested were radioactive.
EPA’s Superfund program spent over $760,000 to remove and dispose of the hazardous waste.
“The public expects and deserves that those in the business of using dangerous radioactive materials do so in compliance with law,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “This defendant breached that trust, deliberately disobeyed the law, and ignored requests by KDHE and EPA to bring his laboratory into compliance with statutes and regulations designed to protect the public and the environment.”
“For years, the defendant knowingly stored hazardous waste with no regard to the serious public health and environmental dangers it posed,” said Special Agent in Charge of EPA’s criminal enforcement program for the EPA Regions covering Kansas Jeff Martinez. “Even when told to stop his dangerous practice, Mr. el-Sherif continued to ignore the risks. Yesterday’s guilty verdict should send a clear message that EPA will hold accountable those who willfully violate the law.”
Acting Assistant Attorney General Wood and U.S. Attorney McAllister thanked the U.S. EPA and the FBI for their work in this investigation. This case is being prosecuted by the Environmental Crimes Section of the Department of Justice. Senior Counsel Krishna S. Dighe and Trial Attorney John E. Arbab with the Department of Justice’s Environmental Crimes Section in Washington, D.C., aided by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Mattivi, are in charge of the prosecution.
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Criminal Investigative Division (FBI)
USAO – Kansas
Press Release Number:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Lab Owner Ordered to Pay $544,000 For Environmental Violation
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – The owner of the now-closed Beta Chem Laboratory in Lenexa has been ordered to pay $544,287 in restitution for storing hazardous waste without a license, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
Ahmed El-Sherif, 63, Leawood, Kan., was found guilty in a bench trial of storing hazardous waste without a license. El-Sherif started Beta Chem in the mid-1990s, which he owned and operated. On October 4, 2013, after issuing an Emergency Order to Seize and Secure Radioactive Materials, KDHE took control of Beta Chem and secured the facility.
The Criminal Investigation Division of Environmental Protection Agency executed a search warrant at Beta Chem on Jan. 22, 2014, where agents discovered numerous containers containing hazardous wastes and contaminated with radiation.
During trial, U.S. District Court Judge Julie A. Robinson found that by 2012 Beta Chem had become a defunct operation and hazardous chemicals were being stored at the facility in lieu of a thorough decommissioning and decontamination process.
Robinson found El-Sherif not guilty on a charge of obstructing a federal investigation.
El-Sherif will serve two years on federal probation.
McAllister commended the EPA Criminal Investigation Division and the Environmental Crimes Section of the Department of Justice for their work on the case“. http://web.archive.org/web/20190131191310/https://www.justice.gov/usao-ks/pr/lab-owner-ordered-pay-544000-environmental-violation
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