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POCATELLO -- A Rexburg businessman has been charged in federal court with knowingly storing and disposing hazardous waste on his property illegally.

Federal prosecutors say 71-year-old Max Spatig pleaded not guilty to the charge in court Wednesday.

Spatig was charged in a one count indictment in December with storing more than 3,400 containers of hazardous waste on his property in July 2010. The waste was later shipped to a proper disposal site at a cost of more than $498,000 paid by the federal government.

Neither Spatig nor his business, MS Enterprises, had a permit from the EPA to store, treat or dispose of the material.

A trial is set for March 4 in U.S. District Court in Pocatello.

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