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Gulf of Mexico ruled out by EPA for burning wastes

The Environmental Protection Agency refused Wednesday to allow an Illinois-based company to burn hazardous wastes in the Gulf of Mexico. Jack Ravan, EPA's assistant administrator for water programs, cited technical , legal, and operating deficiencies in denying the permit request from Chemical Waste Management Inc. of Oak Brook, Ill.

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He also rejected an EPA hearing officer's recommendation that Chemical Waste Management be granted a research permit for test burns of 3.3 million gallons of hazardous wastes at a site 195 miles off the coast of Texas.

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