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Possible Underground Water Contamination on Yakama Indian Reservation

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NBCRightNow.com - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is forcing two gas stations in the lower valley to close their underground interjection wells due to possible underground water contamination on the Yakama Indian Reservation.

Da Stor at Lillie's Corner gas station, in Wapato, operates two underground injection wells. Cougar Den gas station in White Swan operates one. The wells dispose of untreated fluids collected through open drains on the stations' fueling pads.

The EPA says the wells may contain contaminants such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, cadmium, chromium, and lead that could endanger underground drinking water sources.

The stations will both pay over $10,000 in federal penalties for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Da Stor must also test the on-site public water system to make sure the water still meets federal drinking water standards.

 

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