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CALIFORNIA EPA SECRETARY STATEMENT ON THE FEDERAL FACILITIES COMPLIANCE ACT OF 1992

 CALIFORNIA EPA SECRETARY STATEMENT ON THE FEDERAL FACILITIES
 COMPLIANCE ACT OF 1992
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- California Secretary for Environmental Protection James M. Strock made the following statement concerning the President's signing today of the Federal Facilities Compliance Act of 1992, H.R. 2194. The Act waives sovereign immunity under the federal resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), allowing states to issue civil and administrative orders and to collect fines and penalties for federal agencies' violation of hazardous waste law. It also authorizes states to take criminal enforcement action against an employee, officer or agent of a federal facility for violating hazardous waste laws.
 "President Bush and the Congress have taken an important step in restoring the important link between environmental responsibility and the remediation of environmental damage at federal facilities. As Governor Wilson has long sought, H.R. 2194 removes the veil of sovereign immunity from the cleanup of hazardous waste contamination at federal facilities, particularly at military installations where such damage is well-documented. The Act provides an essential tool to states and localities which seek compliance with hazardous waste laws.
 "The elimination of federal sovereign immunity is especially significant in California, where there are more federal military bases slated for closure than in any other state. Of the 17 military bases identified for closure in California, eight are on the federal National Priority List for cleanup. Cal/EPA will continue to maintain the aggressive use of state enforcement authority to assure that base closure activities and their required cleanup are carried out in complete compliance with both federal and state environmental laws."
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 /CONTACT: Chris Peck of Cal/EPA, 916-324-9670/ CO: California Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU: EXE


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