EPA Makes Oil Clean Up in Southwest Virginia

July 11, 2007

The Environmental Protection Agency says that they have taken more than 500 barrels filled with oil from the site of a former oil recycling business.

They say a lot of the barrels had begun to rust and that 60 tons of the cleanup included oil drenched waste. According to on site director Bob Kelly, the clean up has cost just over $100,000.

The EPA expects to finish work at the J & W Recycling site in the Hiltons by the end of Thursday. Kelly says that the clean up has prevented a potential hazard to nearby streams.

Scott County Commonwealth's attorney Marcus McClung said that he will wait for lab test results before deciding whether or not to press any charges. He says that if the waste is hazardous then it is a felony.

The site was discovered by county officials back in June.

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