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U.S. EPA CITES GIBSON ENVIRONMENTAL FOR WASTE VIOLATIONS

 SAN FRANCISCO, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced the filing of a complaint against Gibson Environmental, formerly known as Gibson Oil and Refining Co. Inc., charging the company with hazardous waste violations at the company's Bakersfield, Calif., facility, and proposing a civil penalty of $331,500.
 "This should serve as a strong reminder to the owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities that regulations on these activities are being strictly enforced to safeguard public health and the environment," said Jeff Zelikson, director of Hazardous Waste Management for U.S. EPA's western regional office.
 The Gibson Environmental facility's main activity is processing contaminated soils and liquid waste materials from the removal of underground fuel storage tanks and the cleanup of hazardous waste sites. These soils and waste materials could contain benzene, a substance known to cause cancer in humans, and lead. The complaint stems from violations noted in two inspections by U.S. EPA and a third by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.
 The violations included failing to prepare adequate closure and waste analysis plans and demonstrate financial assurance for closure, failing to adequately identify waste received from generators, failing to maintain records for waste generated on the site, failing to notify U.S. EPA of changes in the processes used to treat waste, failing to label hazardous waste containers, failing to comply with regulations for the storage and treatment of hazardous wastes in tanks, and failing to correctly complete manifests for hazardous waste sent off-site for disposal.
 In addition to paying the penalty, the complaint requires Gibson Environmental to submit adequate closure and waste analysis plans and obtain financial assurance for closure, to stop implementing process changes without prior approval, to provide additional training for workers who handle hazardous waste containers, to demonstrate compliance with regulations for hazardous waste storage and treatment in tanks, and to correct improperly completed manifests.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Schmidt of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1578/


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