EPA finds safety violations at LA oil field
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Federal regulators say they've found safety violations at a South Los Angeles oil field where residents claim fumes have caused headaches, nosebleeds and other illnesses.
The EPA says it notified AllenCo Energy of the violations on Wednesday after a November inspection.
The EPA contends that the company failed to inspect equipment to prevent accidental releases of fumes, and didn't follow recommendations for testing, calibration and repair of its methane and flame detectors.
The company has until Jan. 27 to respond to the allegations. A call to a company representative seeking comment wasn't immediately answered.
The oil field's operations have been suspended since November. Last week, the city sued to keep the field from reopening.