Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) calls on AllenCo to halt operations while the EPA investigates claims of health impacts from fumes at its University Park facility.
Federal environmental regulators have found that the Allenco oil facility in South Los Angeles has violated clean air and water laws.
Some officials with the Environmental Protection Agency got dizzy and nauseous while touring the company's oil pumping facility in the University Park neighborhood last October.
Now the EPA has issued a formal notice of violation to the company, alleging it has failed to meet requirements of the the federal Clean Water and Clean Air Acts.
Upon investigation, EPA officials found that Allenco didn’t have a proper plan in place to protect local waters in the event of an oil spill. EPA also alleges that Allenco has offered no evidence that it has tested pressure vessels, tanks and methane detectors necessary for keeping the facility safe.
Allenco must now answer the notice of violation in writing and tell the EPA whether it will fix the problems.
Representatives from Allenco did not return a call for comment.