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The State

The City of Hollister has been ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency to implement a ground water monitoring program at the John Smith Solid Waste site and to assess the extent of contamination from both the hazardous waste portion of the facility and the disposal area. The city will also stop using the hazardous waste surface impoundments, the EPA said. San Benito County has been ordered to negotiate an agreement with the California Department of Health Services under which the county will administer and enforce the state’s hazardous waste program as it applies to generators and transporters. Hollister and San Benito County have six months to comply with the EPA order or pay a penalty of $60,500.


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