U.S. EPA SETTLES PCB CHARGES AGAINST U.S. PIPE AND FOUNDRY CO.
U.S. EPA SETTLES PCB CHARGES AGAINST U.S. PIPE AND FOUNDRY CO. SAN FRANCISCO, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced a consent agreement with United States Pipe and Foundry Co. that settles charges of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) violations at the company's facility at 1295 Whipple Road in Union City, Calif. Under the agreement, the U.S. Pipe and Foundry will pay a civil penalty of $75,000. In addition, the company will spend approximately $150,000 to remove and replace three PCB transformers with non-PCB equipment, resulting in the removal of about 18,000 pounds of PCBs from the environment. The consent agreement stems from a civil complaint filed by U.S. EPA in June 1991 under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which governs the proper management of PCBs. The complaint cited the company for failure to conduct quarterly inspections of PCB transformers, failure to mark the access to PCB transformers, a leak and spill from one PCB transformer and a leak from another, and failure to prepare PCB annual documents between 1978 and 1987. The company must certify to U.S. EPA that leaks and spills have been properly cleaned up and that it has complied with all other requirements of TSCA. 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. -0- 6/8/92 CONTACT: Bill Glenn of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589/ CO: U.S. EPA; U.S. Pipe and Foundry Co. ST: California IN: CHM SU:
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