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Universal Pressure Pumping Inc. Ordered to Comply with Environmental Laws and Protect Public Health

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DALLAS -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a consent agreement and final order to Universal Pressure Pumping Inc. (UPP) and eight of their facilities across Texas. The company violated laws under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) related to the storage and handling of hazardous waste. The company will pay a $501,175 civil penalty and is required to take steps to protect the local community from health and environmental risks associated with hazardous waste.

UPP reported to produce less than 100 kilograms a month, however, the facility violated federal environmental laws by generating over 1,000 kilograms of hazardous waste. The company also failed to maintain adequate records of hazard waste stored at the facility and properly label hazardous waste.

The UPP is a source for hydraulic fracturing, cementing, nitrogen and acidizing services. The company operates throughout Texas and provides well services largely in the Permian, Barnett, and Eagle Ford basins.

RCRA is the federal law governing the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA is designed to protect public health and the environment, and avoid costly cleanups, by requiring the safe, environmentally-sound storage and disposal of hazardous waste. The RCRA requirements mandate the use of safe practices which greatly reduce the chance that hazardous waste will be released into the environment.

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