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EPA reaches $44,600 settlement with Juneau Auto Dealer for used oil handling violations

Release Date: 05/10/2007
Contact Information: Peter Magolske, (206) 553-2964, magolske.Peter@epa.gov or Tony Brown, (206) 553-1203, brown.anthony@epa.gov

(Juneau, Alaska – May 10, 2007) Michael Hatch of Mike Hatch Jeep (4755 North Douglas Highway) in Juneau has reached a $44,600 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to resolve failures to properly manage used oil at his facility.

    An inspection of the dealership and reviews of company records by EPA found a number of used oil violations of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) at Mike Hatch Jeep. Mike Hatch Jeep was cooperative with EPA, resulting in a quick settlement and has since certified that they have corrected these violations.

    According to Mike Bussell, EPA’s Director of the Office of Compliance and Enforcement in Seattle, businesses that accept used oil for energy-recovery through burning in space heaters (very common in Alaska), need to be aware of the regulations.

    “Burning contaminated oil can easily expose others to harmful pollutants,” said Bussell. “Properly managing used oil is absolutely critical to protecting the community and the environment. Companies handling used oil must comply with the law or face penalties.”

    Federal regulations allow for recycling and burning of used oil for energy recovery, provided that certain requirements are followed. To learn more about these requirements and additional information on used oil management, visit:

    http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/usedoil/usedoil.htm

    http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/usedoil/index.htm
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