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U.S. EPA, UNITED AIR LINES SETTLE PCB COMPLAINT FOR $50,000

 U.S. EPA, UNITED AIR LINES SETTLE PCB COMPLAINT FOR $50,000
 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced the signing of a consent agreement with United Air Lines Inc. over alleged violations of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) regulations at United's maintenance facility at San Francisco International Airport.
 As part of the settlement, United will pay a civil penalty of $50,000 and has certified that its facility is in full compliance with federal PCB rules as required by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
 U.S. EPA had issued a complaint to United in November 1992, citing the company's failure to keep complete inspection and maintenance records of PCB transformers, failure to properly mark transformers, and failure to register the units with the fire department. The Agency had also charged that fluids containing PCBs leaked from one of the transformers.
 PCBs belong to a broad family of organic chemicals known as chlorinated hydrocarbons. They have been widely used in hydraulic and heat-transfer systems and as an insulating fluid in electrical equipment. U.S. EPA banned the manufacture of PCBs in 1979 because of their toxicity and persistence in the environment. They are classified as a probable human carcinogen.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Glenn of the U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; United Air Lines Inc. ST: California IN: AIR SU:


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