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U.S. EPA FINES ARIZONA PUBLIC SERVICE $1.3 MILLION

 U.S. EPA FINES ARIZONA PUBLIC SERVICE $1.3 MILLION
 SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced an agreement with Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) which resolves federal Clean Air Act violations at the utility's Cholla facility, near Joseph City, Ariz.
 Under terms of a consent decree lodged in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Arizona Public Service will comply with clean air requirements and pay a civil penalty of $1,310,000. The fine is the third highest civil penalty ever imposed under the Clean Air Act in a federal consent decree.
 "This penalty, among the largest collected nationally under the Clean Air Act, reflects the severity of the violations committed," said Daniel W. McGovern, regional administrator of EPA's western regional office. "The message to other utilities should be clear: If companies fail to install, maintain and operate air pollution control equipment properly, U.S. EPA will swiftly and vigorously enforce the law."
 McGovern noted that today's action comes less than a week after U.S. EPA resolved an enforcement action with another utility, Nevada Power Co., which the Agency had sued over similar violations at its Reid-Gardner Generating Station, near Moapa, Nev. Nevada Power agreed to pay a civil penalty of $400,000.
 U.S. EPA charged that APS bypassed its malfunctioning pollution control devices instead of shutting down or reducing operation. U.S. EPA also charged that APS modified the plant's pollution control equipment, making it less efficient, without obtaining required approval from the state government.
 As a result of these violations, APS was responsible for excess emission of sulfur dioxide and particulate pollutants into the atmosphere. Major health effects associated with high exposure to sulfur dioxide and elevated concentrations of particles include breathing difficulties and aggravation of existing respiratory and cardiovascular disease.
 During the two-year period covered by the proposed consent decree, APS must comply with detailed procedures to minimize incidents where pollution control systems are bypassed, obtain a federal prevention of significant deterioration permit to cover the alteration of pollution control equipment, and pay stipulated penalties in the future if components of the consent decree are violated.
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 /Contact: Bill Glenn of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: California, Arizona IN: SU:


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