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U.S. EPA ORDERS MESA FIRM TO CLOSE CONTAMINATED WELLS

 SAN FRANCISCO, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today ordered Coury Buick Inc. of Mesa, Ariz. to close three injection wells which contain contaminated fluids and pose a threat of groundwater contamination.
 "These wells pose a threat of contamination to existing and future drinking water sources," said Harry Seraydarian, U.S. EPA's Water Management Division director. "U.S. EPA cannot allow this threat to drinking water supplies to remain unaddressed."
 The order is part of an ongoing U.S. EPA enforcement initiative designed to identify and close or remove sources of contamination from injection wells that may be endangering underground sources of drinking water.
 The order requires the facility to put into effect a work plan by July 24, 1993. The plan requires the facility to sample well fluids, remove and properly dispose of them, dispose of any contaminated soil found under the wells, and close the wells.
 The wells are seepage pits that receive water washed from the car service area and floor drains. Water samples taken from the wells contained methylene chloride; lead; cadmium; and antimony, a metallic element used in a wide variety of alloys, paints, semiconductors and ceramic products, at levels exceeding maximum contaminant levels for drinking water. Samples of soil and sludge from the wells showed concentrations of nickle, barium and xylenes.
 The wells do not pose an immediate danger to current drinking water supplies, but contamination is a threat if injections of hazardous fluids do not cease. U.S. EPA prohibits the injection of fluids into wells that will endanger ground water that is or could be an underground source of drinking water.
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 /CONTACT: Lois Grunwald of the U.S. EPA, 415-744-1588/


CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Coury Buick Inc. ST: Arizona IN: ENV SU: EXE

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