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U.S. EPA SETTLES WASTE VIOLATIONS WITH NAVAJO UTILITY AUTHORITY

 SAN FRANCISCO, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced a consent agreement with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) to settle hazardous waste violations at the utility's headquarters facility in Fort Defiance, Ariz. This enforcement action has been a cooperative effort with Navajo Nation EPA.
 "This agreement should alert both businesses and government agencies that our national environmental laws are being strictly enforced on Indian lands," said Jeff Zelikson, director of hazardous waste management for U.S. EPA's western regional office. "Any private business or government facility that generates hazardous waste on Indian lands must notify U.S. EPA of this activity."
 The NTUA is a utility owned by the Navajo Nation which provides electricity, gas, water, and wastewater treatment services on Navajo lands. The agency is run by a management board separate from the Navajo Nation, but whose members are subject to confirmation by the Navajo Tribal Council.
 The violations included failing to determine if wastes were hazardous, failing to notify U.S. EPA that NTUA generated between 100 and 1,000 kilograms of hazardous waste each month, failing to properly manage containers of hazardous waste to prevent releases into the environment, and failure to maintain safety and communications equipment in waste accumulation areas.
 Under the settlement, NTUA agreed to fully comply with the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). This includes identifying all sources of hazardous waste, properly managing waste containers, submitting personnel training records, and developing a waste management plan. Since the violations were recorded, NTUA has fully cooperated with U.S. EPA, and has carried out all measures necessary to come into full compliance with RCRA.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Schmidt of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1578/


CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Navajo Tribal Utility
 Authority ST: Arizona IN: UTI SU: EXE


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