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December 2007

EPA pulls permits for waste wells

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to terminate federal permits issued to Environmental Disposal Systems which allowed the injection of hazardous waste into two underground disposal wells at a facility in Romulus, Michigan.

“When EPA issues a permit, it expects the permit holder to comply with all terms and conditions and EDS has not done so,” said Kevin Pierard, Region 5’s acting water division director.

The EPA originally approved permits to allow the injection of hazardous waste into the two disposal wells in 1998 and renewed the permits in 2004.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality inspectors found a leak in the surface piping of one of the wells during an October 2006 visit and ordered the facility shut down.

Subsequent inspections by EPA confirmed the leak and identified numerous other violations of the permit conditions.