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Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 09:02:28 -0400 (EDT)
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From: kelley.jeff@epa.gov
Subject: EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH UNION OIL CO.; INCLUDES $9,900 FINE

U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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Media Contact: Phillippa Cannon(312) 353-6218
Technical Contact: Marietta Newell(312) 353-4543
Legal Contact: Thor Ketzbackk(312) 353-6720
For Immediate Release: June 26, 2000
No. 00-OPA141
EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH UNION OIL CO.; INCLUDES $9,900
FINE
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
recently signed a consent agreement and final order with
Union Oil Co. (Brea, CA), for violations of the underground
injection control regulations of the Safe Drinking Water
Act. The company has agreed to pay a $9,900 penalty.
EPA alleged in March 2000 that  in violation of its
permit  the company failed to show that a well it operated
in Midland County, MI, was mechanically sound and could be
used for brine disposal without endangering underground
sources of drinking water. The well is used to dispose of
brine, a byproduct of oil and gas exploration. The permit
requires the company to demonstrate the mechanical
integrity of the well every 5 years. The company has since
demonstrated that the well can safely be used for brine
disposal.
"Underground injection control regulations are designed to
protect underground sources of drinking water from
contamination," said Jo-Lynn Traub, director of the
regional Water Division. "It is important that wells are
shown to be mechanically sound, so that EPA can be sure
they do not pose a threat to the environment."


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