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EPA SETTLES WITH KEMIRA, INC., SAVANNAH, GA. FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE COMPREHENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE, COMPENSATION, AND LIABILITY ACT AND THE EMERGENCY PLANNING AND COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW ACT

 ATLANTA, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today the settlement of an Administrative Complaint against Kemira, Inc., Savannah, Ga. for violations of Section 103(a) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, also known as Superfund) and Sections 304, 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act.
 According to the complaint, the company allegedly failed to immediately notify the Georgia State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) following a June 25, 1989 release of sulfur dioxide in excess of the reportable quantity. Additionally, the complaint charged the company for failing to notify the National Response Center following nine separate releases of sulfuric acid in amounts that exceeded the 1,000 pound reportable quantity limit and for failure to submit Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms for propane and number two fuel oil to the SERC, the LEPC and the Savannah Fire Department.
 Under the terms of the Consent Agreement and Consent Order, Kemira will pay a $25,000 civil penalty to the United States Treasury and will make a $100,000 cash contribution to the SERC for the purpose of creating and maintaining an LEPC that includes Chatham County, Ga.
 The agreement also stipulates that the company will install a $1,400,000 sulfur dioxide scrubber in its number 2 calcine system, even though this action is beyond what is required by current regulations. The use of the scrubber will result in an average net reduction of sulfur dioxide of 135 pounds per hour. This expenditure will result in significant long-term environmental benefits to the public.
 CERCLA and EPCRA regulations require facilities to immediately notify the National Response Center, the State Emergency Response Commission, and the Local Emergency Planning Committee when there has been a spill or release of hazardous substance in an amount equal to or greater than the reportable quantity. Immediate notification enables federal, state and local officials to determine whether they need to render emergency assistance. Failure to do such precludes these officials from being able to make a timely response if needed. EPCRA also requires certain businesses to submit reports each year on the amounts of certain chemicals stored at their facilities or released into the environment either routinely or as a result of accidents.
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 /CONTACT: John Deutsch, Title III, 404-347-1033, or Carl Terry, press office, 404-347-3004 both of the United States Environmental Protection Agency/


CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency; Kemira, Inc. ST: Georgia IN: SU: EXE

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