June 21, 2007 | Mark Paradies

EPA Announces that California Refinery was Fined $1 Million Dollars for Injecting Contaminated Water Into Wells Not Permitted for that Use and Lying to the EPA

A California refinery was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay a criminal penalty for violating the Safe Drinking Water Act. The company must apply $500,000 of the $1 million penalty towards the Los Padres National Forest Restoration Project. The company pleaded guilty on April 12 and was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Central District of California on Monday.

Three individual defendants have also pleaded guilty to making false statements to EPA in connection with this case. They each face statutory maximum sentences of five years in federal prison. Sentencing is pending.

See the EPA press release at:

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/C09529AF707A63E0852572FB004CBFB1

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