The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Texaco Inc. to close all of its unlined pits that may endanger surface or ground water quality on Navajo Indian acreage in three western states. The Texaco order is the first action in a joint EPA and Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Administration (Navajo EPA) campaign to close all unlined pits that may harm ground and surface waters on Navajo land in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Estimated at 200 in number, Texaco's pits have been used to discharge oil and gas waste products, EPA said. An EPA sampling of fluid discharged to Texaco's pits showed high levels of benzene,...

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