The state Environmental Protection Agency is giving Mitsubishi Motors a little leeway as the automaker tries to correct waste storage issues at the plant in Normal. Last month, a federal investigator found inadequacies with the company's plan to store and dispose of waste. The IEPA will allow Mitsubishi to store waste from auto production on site until August 4th. The 90-day limit on storage had expired yesterday. State environmental officials say allowing Mitsubishi to transport the waste without addressing institutional shortcomings would be a violation of federal regulations. The IEPA says granting a provisional variance to Mitsubishi will have little environmental impact. Last month, the head of the United Auto Workers union at Mitsubishi criticized the company for severing ties with a firm that had been doing waste clean-up and disposal at the plant.
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