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QUAKER STATE DESCRIBES EPA LEGAL ACTION AS IRRESPONSIBLE AND UNREASONABLE; PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SAFE

 OIL CITY, Pa., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Quaker State Oil Corp. (NYSE: KSF) officials categorized the filing of a lawsuit against the company by the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for hazardous waste violations as gross misrepresentation of the facts and will vigorously contest the lawsuit. Although the company officials have not seen the filings, they said the federal government's actions are a complete disregard of the cooperative efforts of the company in dealing with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. EPA.
 "It is irresponsible for EPA to imply that drinking water supplies are at all affected by the plant, since all available groundwater monitoring data and consultant reports indicate otherwise," said Mary R. White, vice president of environmental/government affairs at Quaker State.
 Quaker State has been voluntarily conducting groundwater monitoring at the plant for more than two years. The groundwater situation referred to in EPA's news release in wholly unrelated to the waste water treatment plant or any waste management activities. Despite the fact that Quaker State and the EPA were unable to negotiate the terms of a consent order, the company voluntarily initiated action to study and recover localized pockets of petroleum on groundwater at the refinery.
 The company said its Congo refinery is one of the most modern, efficient and clean motor oil refineries in the world, and its waste water treatment operations are typical of those at any other oil refinery.
 Quaker State stated that negotiations with the EPA over the refinery's waste water treatment facilities date back to the mid 1980s. The dispute centers around legal interpretations of various complex regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
 The company stressed that the conditions cited by the EPA have no negative impact to the health or welfare of employees, community residents or the environment.
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 /CONTACT: Dec. 4 and 5, Mary J. White, 814-437-5289, or Mike Kelly, 412-854-4399; or Dec. 6, Benton H. Faulkner, 814-676-7877/
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