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
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.