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EPA Proposes an Exemption from the "land ban" under
the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act so that the
Environmental Disposal deep wells in Romulus can take
untreated hazardous waste....Comments due in January....

Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 11:01:59 -0500
Subject: [r5news] EPA Proposes to Grant EDS an Exemption from Land Disposal 
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                 U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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For Immediate Release
No. 02-OPA163

EPA Proposes to Grant EDS an Exemption from Land Disposal Restrictions

CHICAGO (Nov. 20, 2002) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
has proposed exempting Environmental Disposal Systems of Birmingham,
Mich., from federal restrictions on land disposal of hazardous waste for
two commercial Class I injection wells in Romulus, Mich.  If the exemption
is granted, EDS may use the wells to dispose of regulated liquid hazardous
waste.   EPA will accept public comments on this proposal until January
17, 2003, and will hold both a public meeting and hearing in early
January.

After reviewing EDS' petition for an exemption, EPA officials have
concluded that it meets the requirements of the regulations and EDS can
safely dispose of hazardous waste in the wells.   EPA may withdraw the
exemption if any conditions change.

Hazardous waste disposal wells are stringently regulated.  EDS was
required to demonstrate that, to a reasonable degree of certainty, the
waste will be confined  for as long as it remains hazardous and will not
contaminate underground sources of drinking water.   The waste will be
confined in rock formations more than 3,000 feet below the Earth's
surface.

Class I injection wells include wells used to dispose of liquid hazardous
waste. The technology was borrowed from the oil and gas industry.  These
wells are drilled deep and there are enough confining layers of rock
between the waste and underground sources of drinking water so they do not
allow any fluid to escape to drinking water. Hazardous waste injection
wells are subject to an exacting permitting program, monitored
continuously for leaks and other changes and the results are reported
monthly to EPA.  Inspectors visit the sites several times each year.

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