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U.S. EPA ANNOUNCES RIGHT-TO-KNOW ACTIONS SEEKING $2.8 MILLION

 SAN FRANCISCO, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has issued civil complaints to two California companies as part of a nationwide enforcement effort seeking a total of $2.8 million in penalties from 37 facilities for failure to report their releases of toxic chemicals to U.S. EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).
 U.S. EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner said, "Today's actions reflect U.S. EPA's determination to vigorously enforce the data reporting requirements of our environmental laws and to ensure the integrity of the data submitted. Pollution prevention is the cornerstone of environmental protection, and accurate data and information are essential to planning and tracking pollution prevention."
 In the California cases, U.S. EPA is seeking a penalty of $85,000 from the Veriflo Corp. facility at 250 Canal Blvd., Richmond, for failure to file reports estimating its releases of Freon 113 and dichloromethane to the environment in 1988 and 1989. The complaint also alleges that Veriflo, a manufacturer of welding torches, failed to estimate Freon 113 releases for 1990.
 The agency also proposed a $68,000 penalty against SBE Inc., a manufacturer of printed circuit boards. U.S. EPA alleged that SBE's facility at 2400 Bisso Lane, Concord, failed to file annual reports estimating its releases of Freon 113 from 1988 through 1991. Freon 113 is a trade name for one of the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), a class of chemicals that contribute to depletion of the ozone layer.
 The 37 facilities cited by U.S. EPA are located in 22 states. All the cases involved failure by the companies to report the use and ultimate destination of toxic chemicals tracked by the TRI under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
 EPCRA requires annual reports to U.S. EPA and state agencies from facilities with more than 10 employees that use or manufacture any of more than 300 toxic chemicals in significant quantities. The reports provide estimates of the amounts of each toxic chemical released to the environment, recycled, or transferred to another facility for treatment or disposal.
 Last week, Browner announced that 1991 TRI data showed that U.S. industrial releases of toxic chemicals to the environment declined by nine percent from 1990 -- to about 3.4 billion pounds.
 In addition to measuring toxic emissions and wastes generated in the U.S., the TRI is used by state and local emergency response officials, fire departments, and others to identify potential chemical emergency threats. EPCRA was enacted by Congress in 1986 as a response to the Bhopal, India, chemical accident.
 Separately, U.S. EPA announced today that it reached a settlement with Autosplice Inc., San Diego, of alleged violations of EPCRA. As part of the consent agreement, Autosplice will pay a civil penalty of $4,500 and file annual reports under EPCRA.
 U.S. EPA issued a complaint in December 1991 against Autosplice's facility at 10121 Barnes Canyon Road for failing to file reports estimating its releases of copper to the environment during 1988 and 1989. The company is a manufacturer of electrical connectors.
 Further information on TRI 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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