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E-M:/ Environmental Waste Control in Inkster is Busted by U.S. EPA



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Enviro-Mich message from asagady@sojourn.com
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US EPA busts EWC in Inkster....   For the uninitiated, this
concerns a waste disposal company in Inkster in an 
environmental justice context with a long history of causing
environmental problems in a largely African-American 
community in Inkster, MI


Legal Contact: Peter Felitti
                                                   (312) 886-5114 

                                          Technical Contact: Ann Kerbs
                                                   (312) 886-3901 

                                     Media Contact: William Omohundro
                                                   (312) 353-8254 

            For Immediate Release: September 8, 1997 

            No. 97-OPA211 

            EPA CITES ENVIRONMENTAL WASTE CONTROL FOR
            HAZ. WASTE VIOLATIONS; INCLUDES $39,800 FINE 

            U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has recently
            filed an administrative complaint against Environmental Waste
            Control, Inc., for alleged hazardous waste violations at the
company's
            Inkster, MI, plant, 27140 Princeton Ave. EPA has proposed a
            $39,800 penalty. 

            Environmental Waste Control takes used oil that is a byproduct of
            manufacturing processes, treats it at its plant, and then sells
it to public
            utility companies that burn the oil to generate electricity. 

            The company accepted used oil that was contaminated with
            hazardous waste and mixed it with other used oil before selling
it to
            the public utilities, in violation of its State permit. 

            The complaint was issued under authority of the Resource
            Conservation and Recovery Act. 

            "EPA is committed to enforcing hazardous waste regulations to
            protect human health and the environment," said Norman R.
            Niedergang, director of the regional Waste, Pesticides, and Toxics
            Division. 

            Environmental Waste Control has filed an answer to the complaint
            and has requested an informal settlement conference. No date has
            been set for the conference. 

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Environmental Consulting and Database Systems
PO Box 39  East Lansing, MI  48826-0039  
(517) 332-6971 (voice); (517) 332-8987 (fax)



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