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EPA ISSUES COMPLAINT AGAINST INTERNATIONAL PAPER

 EPA ISSUES COMPLAINT AGAINST INTERNATIONAL PAPER
 NEW YORK, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection


Agency (EPA) has issued a complaint against International Paper Inc. for the company's failure to make immediate notification to appropriate federal, state and local authorities of a release of chlorine gas from its Ticonderoga (N.Y.) plant on July 25, 1990. The proposed penalty is $66,000.
 International Paper, which is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., is required to report immediately releases of certain chemicals in excess of designated amounts to the National Response Center, the State Emergency Response Commission for New York, and the local Emergency Planning Committee for Essex County.
 "International Paper, however, made the notification more than seven hours after the release began," said EPA Region 2 Administrator, Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff. "Prompt reporting of releases is important so that health, safety, and environmental agencies can respond, if needed."
 EPA issued the complaint under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, both of which require notifications.
 Chlorine, which is used in the company's Bleach Plant, was accidentally released to the air when the coupling between the scrubber filtrate recirculation pump and the electric drive motor failed. Depending on concentrations, chlorine can have adverse health impact including skin, eye and respiratory effects.
 This case is one of ten levied nationally against pulp and paper manufacturers. In the past six months, EPA has collected more than $18 million in civil and criminal penalties from facilities in this industry.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Breitenbach of the EPA, 212-264-2515/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; International Paper Inc. ST: New York IN: PAP SU:


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