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E-M:/ Lithos Exploration Busted on Brine Injection, Eaton County



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Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 19:26:28 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH LITHOS EXPLORATION; INCLUDES $7,656 FINE
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U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS
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Technical Contact: Eva-Marie Rowe
(312) 353-0829

Legal Contact: Eva Hahn
(312) 886-6833
                                                                       
Media Contact: Phillippa Cannon
(312) 353-6218

For Immediate Release: January 26, 1999

No. 99-OPA026

EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH LITHOS
EXPLORATION; INCLUDES $7,656 FINE

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
has recently reached agreement with Lithos
Exploration, Inc. (Traverse City, MI), for violations of
the underground injection control rules outlined in
the  Safe Drinking Water Act.   

EPA alleged in a September 1998 administrative
complaint that Lithos Exploration exceeded the level
of  pressure allowed in its permit for disposing of
brine in a well it operates in Eaton County, MI. 
What's more, the company failed to report the
violation.

Lithos Exploration uses the well to dispose of brine
from oil and gas exploration.  It has agreed to meet
the requirements of its underground injection permit
and will pay a $7,656 penalty.

"Underground injection control regulations are
designed to protect underground sources of drinking
water from contamination," said Tinka Hyde, acting
director of the regional Water Division.

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