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EPA OBTAINS SETTLEMENTS WITH 7 NEW YORK AND 14 NEW JERSEY FIRMS AND UTILITIES FOR WASTEWATER DISCHARGE TESTING DEFICIENCIES

EPA OBTAINS SETTLEMENTS WITH 7 NEW YORK AND 14 NEW JERSEY FIRMS AND
 UTILITIES FOR WASTEWATER DISCHARGE TESTING DEFICIENCIES
 NEW YORK, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 2 office, has reached consent agreements with seven New York and 14 New Jersey companies and utilities for their failures to submit complete reports on the quality assurance tests of their facility's laboratory, which does the testing of discharges to local waterways.
 EPA assessed a penalty of $1,000 each in an expedited settlement, which was accepted by each facility thereby avoiding prolonged negotiations, hearing procedures, and extensive resource expenditures.
 "The discharge permit requires dischargers to analyze their effluent," said Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff, EPA regional administrator. "On the basis of such analyses, compliance with the limits imposed in the permit can be determined. Proper quality assurance procedures and checks are essential to the overall effort to protect water quality."
 Consent agreements were reached with the following:
 NEW YORK
 Village of Canastota Water Pollution Control Plant, Canastota
 Dunlop Tire Corporation, Buffalo
 Town of Grand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant
 City of Hornell Water Pollution Control Plant
 International Business Machines Corporation, Poughkeepsie
 Tri-Municipal Sewer Commission, Wappingers Falls
 W. R. Grace -- Evans Chemetics, Waterloo
 NEW JERSEY
 BF Goodrich Co., Pedricktown
 Daicolor-Pope, Inc., Paterson
 E. I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company, Inc. -- Chambers Works,
 Deepwater
 E. I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company, Inc. -- Repauno Plant,
 Gibbstown
 Hackettstown Municipal Utilities Authority, Hackettstown
 Hamilton Township Waste Water Treatment Plant, Hamilton
 Magnesium Elektron, Inc., Flemington
 Morristown Waste Water Treatment Plant, Morristown
 Musconetcong Sewerage Authority, Stanhope
 Northeast Monmouth County Regional Sewerage Authority, Monmouth
 Beach
 Public Service Electric and Gas Company, Newark
 Pure Industries, Inc., Frenchtown
 Reheis, Berkeley Heights
 Township of Wayne, Wayne
 To evaluate the accuracy of a permittee's laboratory testing, EPA requires all permittees to analyze samples provided by EPA for every pollutant for which monitoring is required by their respective discharge permit, which has been issued to them by their state under delegation from EPA. These twenty-one permittees failed to submit complete analyses and reports.
 Each permittee was issued an administrative complaint by EPA in September 1991, which proposed a $7,000 penalty assessment. The permittees were provided the opportunity to settle the complaints at a $1,000 penalty assessment if they signed a proposed consent agreement with EPA, thereby waiving their right to a hearing.
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 /CONTACT: Herman Phillips of United States Environmental Protection Agency, 212-264-2515/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: New York, New Jersey IN: SU:


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