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EPA ORDERS PHOENIX FIRM TO CLOSE CONTAMINATED WELL

 EPA ORDERS PHOENIX FIRM TO CLOSE CONTAMINATED WELL
 SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has ordered the Ray Stevens Paving Company Inc., Phoenix, to immediately cease injection of contaminated fluids into an underground well, an illegal activity that jeopardizes drinking water supplies. In addition, the firm also reported false information to the U.S. EPA concerning well disposal practices. The U.S. EPA has proposed to fine the company $125,000.
 "This well poses a threat of contamination to existing and future drinking water sources," said Harry Seraydarian, U. S. EPA's water management division director. "To ensure drinking water supplies are protected, this firm must immediately stop disposing of these contaminated fluids to the ground water.
 "Other facilities that illegally dispose of their wastes should be motivated to come into compliance with EPA regulations or be faced with the possibility of future enforcement actions," added Seraydarian.
 The order is part of an ongoing U.S. EPA enforcement initiative designed to identify and properly close injection wells that may be endangering underground sources of drinking water. The U.S. EPA and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality have cooperated in the development of the order.
 Since issuance of the order, EPA has received a letter from Ray Stevens Paving Co. stating that it has ceased injection of contaminated fluids. EPA will soon inspect the facility to verify that injections have ceased.
 The well is a seepage pit that receives water from the steam cleaning of paving equipment. Transmission fluid, grease, oil, asphalt, antifreeze and solvents are also washed into the well. The fluids contain barium, cadmium, chromium, lead and xylenes at levels exceeding maximum contaminant levels for drinking water, jeopardizing the water supply.
 The order requires the company to close the well and sample the soil to determine if it is contaminated.
 Copies of the proposed order are available upon request by contacting the individual listed below. Comments on the order must be submitted in writing by January 18, 1992 to:
 U.S. EPA
 75 Hawthorne St.
 San Francisco, CA 94105
 Attn: Cynthia Alden
 415-744-1839
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 /CONTACT: Lois Grunwald of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1588/ CO: U.S. EPA ST: California, Arizona IN: SU:


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