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BAKERSFIELD FIRM ISSUED $400,000 HAZARDOUS WASTE PENALTY BY CAL/EPA'S DEPARTMENT OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Environmental Protection Agency's (Cal/EPA) Department of Toxic Substances Control announced the issuance of an enforcement order with a proposed penalty of $400,000 against the Environmental Protection Corp. of Bakersfield for violations in handling, storage and disposal of hazardous wastes.
 "This substantial penalty underscores our commitment to ensure that companies adhere to the state's environmental regulations and recognize the environmental harm their operations represent if not conducted properly," said James M. Strock, secretary for Environmental Protection.
 "We hope this facility will work with our personnel to achieve compliance as quickly as possible and assure the local community that everything will be done to alleviate any environmental damage," Strock added.
 The order was issued to the corporation's Eastside Disposal facility, which occupies 60 acres of a 250 acre parcel located on Round Mountain Road, near Bakersfield, where hazardous wastes were stored, disposed of, or placed. The facility began operation in 1971.
 In November 1985, the facility lost authorization to operate and ceased accepting wastes. During the 15 years of operation, Eastside received 6,710,800 barrels (281,853,600 gallons) of waste which were disposed in unlined impoundments.
 A substantial portion of waste disposed at the facility consisted of hazardous substances. Oil production and oil refinery wastes -- primarily rotary mud, oil field brine, oil sump sludge, tank bottom sediment, scrubber wastes, acids/bases and solvents -- were reported to have accounted for approximately 85 percent of the total waste received at the facility.
 Oil sump sludge, tank bottom sediment, acids/bases and solvents are hazardous substances.
 Other types of wastes such as unspecified aqueous solutions, contaminated soils, pain waste off-specification, aged or surplus inorganic, halogenated solvents, solvent mixtures of polymeric resin, thiosulfact, non-solvent organic liquids with metals, latex waste, torpedo propellent and other hazardous materials are estimated to have accounted for the remaining 15 percent of the wastes. All of these are hazardous wastes.
 The order, issued by the Department of Toxic Substances Control's (DTSC) Surveillance and Enforcement Branch, cites the facility for:
 -- Releasing hazardous wastes or constituents in the environment;
 -- Failing to prepare and submit a detailed written estimate of the
 closure and post closure cost for the facility since
 approximately 1988 and adjust the estimate of closure and post
 closure cost for inflation on a yearly basis since 1989;
 -- Failure to have the required liability insurance coverage for
 sudden and non-sudden accidental occurrences;
 -- Failure to submit annual monitoring reports summarizing
 groundwater detection monitoring results from the existing
 groundwater monitoring wells.
 The order includes a schedule of compliance which requires the corporation to submit to DTSC a closure plan for the facility within 45 days and begin implementation of closure activities within 250 days.
 In addition, the schedule of compliance requires the corporation to begin quarterly groundwater monitoring, sampling and analysis, within 15 days of the order.
 Recent groundwater samples taken from the facility's monitoring wells revealed elevated levels of several hazardous wastes.
 -0- 10/21/93
 /CONTACT: James J. Lee of Cal/EPA, 916-324-9670; or Ron Baker of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, 916-255-3646/


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