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GM, STATE, DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ENTER INTO CONSENT JUDGMENT

 BAY CITY, Mich., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors (NYSE: GM), the State of Michigan (State) and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) have entered into a Consent Judgment regarding the investigation and ultimate remediation, if necessary, of materials containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the GM Powertrain Group (GMPT) facility located in Bay City. PCBs were an effective fire retardant used in hydraulic systems in the plant to protect employes and equipment during the late 1950s and '60s.
 "This Consent Judgment is the continuation of a lengthy process which will lead us to a remedial action plan that is environmentally protective, technologically sound and financially responsible," said Bill Bowen, plant manager of the GMPT-Bay City facility. "General Motors will continue to work with all concerned parties to accomplish this goal."
 Terry Mercer, president of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 362, said, "The UAW supports General Motors' decision to go forward with this Consent Judgment. It's the right thing to do for our people, our community and the environment."
 The Consent Judgment requires General Motors to implement several immediate actions, including:
 -- installation of a groundwater extraction system
 -- isolation of inlet slip and inlet slip sediments
 -- installation of an end-of-pipe treatment for process waste discharge from the plant's wastewater treatment facility to the City of Bay City Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW)
 -- installation of an end-of-pipe treatment for sanitary waste discharge to the City of Bay City POTW
 -- installation of end-of-pipe filters for discharge of storm/non- contact cooling/quench water to the Saginaw River
 -- recirculation of storm/non-contact cooling/quench water previously discharged to the Saginaw River.
 The Consent Judgment also requires General Motors to perform a remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS). A remedial investigation emphasizes data collection and site characterization. A feasibility study develops and evaluates alternatives to remediate the site using remedial investigation and risk assessment information. Depending upon the results of the RI/FS, a remedial action plan or cleanup plan may be developed.
 As a result of this Consent Judgment, General Motors agreed to pay a monetary settlement of $2.5 million for alleged past violations of Michigan's Environmental Response Act and Water Resources Commission Act. A portion of the settlement will be deposited in the Environmental Response Fund and the General Fund of the State of Michigan. The remaining portion will be set aside for environmental projects, including environmental education, the purchase of wetlands and the update by the State of a recreational fishing and boating model. The Bay County community will directly benefit from these projects.
 "It is estimated GM will need three to five years to fulfill all the conditions of the Consent Judgment," said Al Garwick, manager of environmental engineering, GMPT-Bay City. "The project schedules outlined in the Consent Judgment are very aggressive and will provide a challenge to our technical staff and to our engineering and environmental consultants. We will work closely with the MDNR and other concerned parties to implement the agreement."
 GM will assume responsibility for costs associated with implementation of all immediate actions and the remedial investigation/feasibility study outlined in the Consent Judgment. To date, GM has spent more than $25 million on PCB-related activities at the GMPT-Bay City site.
 "The PCB-containing materials located at the GMPT-Bay City facility present no significant health risk to plant employes or area residents. General Motors remains committed to a safe and healthy environment now and in the future for both plant employes and the community," Bowen said.
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 /CONTACT: Ben B. Ippolito, 313-857-5213, or Betsy H. Hemming, 313-857-4154, both of GM Powertrain/
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CO: GM Powertrain Group; General Motors Corporation; State of Michigan;
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