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SCHWARTZ CHEMICAL TO REDUCE USE OF TOXIC CHEMICALS AND PAY PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO REPORT PROPERLY

   SCHWARTZ CHEMICAL TO REDUCE USE OF TOXIC CHEMICALS AND PAY PENALTY
                FOR FAILURE TO REPORT PROPERLY
    NEW YORK, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an agreement with Schwartz Chemical Company of Queens, New York City, under which the company will pay a penalty of $13,500 for failing to file forms properly under the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.  The negotiated penalty takes into account that the company independently undertook steps to reduce its solvent usage.
    "The purpose of the reporting is to provide information to residents and local governments of the chemicals in their communities to aid in environmental protection efforts," said EPA Regional Administrator Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff.  "Our settlement with the company reflects a reduction of toxic solvents, which is an important goal of our agency to prevent pollution before it occurs."
    Schwartz Chemical did not file required forms about emissions from its facility for calendar years 1988 and 1989.  The act requires companies to report annually on over 320 toxic chemicals or chemical categories.
    EPA Region 2 has gained commitments from dozens of companies thus far to make pollution prevention expenditures in settlement for their failure to file Toxic Release Inventory forms properly.  In addition, the Region has collected more than $1 million in penalties.
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    /CONTACT:  Herman Phillips, U.S. EPA, 212-264-2515/ CO:  EPA; Schwartz Chemical Company ST:  New York IN:  CHM SU: FC -- NY068 -- 1575 12/11/91 15:39 EST
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