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U.S. EPA SETTLES WASTE VIOLATIONS WITH UNOCAL OIL REFINERY

 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced the signing of a consent agreement and final order with Union Oil of California (Unocal) (NYSE: UCL) under which the company will pay a civil penalty of $200,000, to settle eight counts of hazardous waste violations at Unocal's Wilmington, Calif. oil refinery. As part of the agreement, Unocal has also permanently removed from service a crude oil processing unit that generated benzene-contaminated water.
 "This order should serve as a reminder to industrial and commercial handlers of oil and chemicals that it is their responsibility to be aware of hazardous waste regulations and comply with them," said Jeff Zelikson, director of hazardous waste management for U.S. EPA's western regional office. "Violations cannot be tolerated, since human health and the environment are at stake."
 The violations, which involved a wastewater retention pond at the facility, included failing to provide financial responsibility for potential accidents or for the pond's ultimate closure, failing to properly train workers and conduct required facility inspections, and failing to properly manage hazardous waste containers. No hazardous waste was released to the environment. Unocal has already corrected the violations.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Schmidt of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1578/
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