Greka Integrated, a Santa Maria-based oil and asphalt producer with a checkered enforcement history, was fined $127,500 by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for disposing of oil refinery wastewater by pumping it into its injection wells, a violation of the Clean Water Act. Injection wells do not meet more stringent federal guidelines – designed to protect ground water and drinking water supplies – for such oil field contaminants. There appears to be no evidence, however, that Santa Maria’s groundwater supplies were contaminated by Greka’s practice.

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