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U.S. EPA, APPLIED MICRO CIRCUITS SETTLE COMPLAINT FOR $36,000

 SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has settled a complaint against Applied Micro Circuits Corp. of San Diego for alleged violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
 Under terms of a consent agreement, Applied Micro Circuits will pay a civil penalty of $36,000. In addition, the company has agreed to eliminate its use of carbon tetrachloride, an ozone depleter, and reduce its use of sulfuric acid and ammonia by modifying its processes and installing recycling equipment. Applied Micro Circuits will spend an estimated $120,000 to carry out these projects.
 U.S. EPA's February 1992 complaint charged that Applied Micro Circuits' facility at 6195 Lusk Blvd. failed to file reports estimating its releases of ammonia and sulfuric acid to the environment during 1987, 1988 and 1989. The violations had been discovered during a routine inspection of the integrated circuit manufacturer.
 EPCRA requires annual reports to U.S. EPA and the state from facilities with more than 10 employees that use or manufacture certain toxic chemicals over a specified threshold amount. The reports provide estimates of the amounts of each toxic chemical released to the environment or transferred to another facility.
 Further information on toxic release inventory reports may be obtained by calling U.S. EPA's toll-free Community Right-to-Know Hotline at 800-535-0202, or by writing to the Toxic Release Inventory Program, U.S. EPA, Region 9, 75 Hawthorne St., Mail Code A-4-3, San Francisco, CA 94105.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Glenn of the U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589/


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