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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) – State regulators will force a polluted refinery’s owners to clean up decades worth of contaminated soil and groundwater lying beneath the facility.

The Big West Oil of California refinery in Bakersfield was partially shut down in June after releasing more than 1,000 barrels of oil from an underground pipeline.

Last week, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a formal order requiring the refinery’s current and past owners to clean up the toxic mess, some of which dates to the mid-1980s.  

(*The refinery was formally owned by Shell)

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