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U.S. EPA SEEKS $353,000 PCB PENALTY AT GENERAL ELECTRIC FACILITY

 SAN FRANCISCO, March 9 /PRNewswire/ --The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced a civil complaint seeking $353,000 in penalties from General Electric Corp. (NYSE: GE) for alleged polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) storage and disposal violations at its facility in Anaheim, Calif. The proposed fines come one year after U.S. EPA temporarily barred the facility from accepting PCB waste until the company corrected violations of its storage permit.
 U.S. EPA's complaint alleges that General Electric's Apparatus Service Center at 3601 E. La Palma Ave. stored PCB waste outside of permanent storage areas for at least 49 days beyond the 30-day limit allowed by the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The agency also alleged that sampling by its inspectors showed contamination of work areas and soil by the toxic chemical.
 The alleged violations were discovered during inspections at the facility on Nov. 27, 1991, and Jan. 16, 1992. On Feb. 10, 1992, U.S. EPA suspended General Electric's commercial PCB storage permit as a result of numerous permit violations discovered during the inspections. On Feb. 27, 1992, U.S. EPA concluded that the company had adequately addressed the agency's conditions for renewing the permit by taking action to correct the violations.
 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.
 The proper management of PCBs in existing equipment and during storage or disposal is carefully governed by TSCA. General Electric has 20 days from receipt of the complaini?n which to answer the allegations and request a hearing before an administrative law judge. The company may also meet with U.S. EPA to discuss the alleged violations and the proposed penalty.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Glenn of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589/
 (GE)


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