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U.S. EPA SETTLES PCB CHARGES WITH BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE

 U.S. EPA SETTLES PCB CHARGES WITH BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE
 SAN FRANCISCO, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced a consent agreement with Bakersfield College and the Kern County College District that settles charges of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) violations at the Bakersfield campus, located at 1801 Panorama Drive.
 Under the agreement, the college will pay a civil penalty of $10,000. In addition, Bakersfield College agreed to remove and replace six PCB transformers with non-PCB equipment, resulting in the removal of nearly 17,000 pounds of PCBs from the environment. The college will also institute recovery and recycling programs for anti- freeze, freon, and used motor oil, and sponsor a PCB conference for industry and governmental institutions. The college will spend more than $200,000 on these supplemental environmental projects, which go beyond legal requirements.
 The consent agreement stems from a civil complaint filed by U.S. EPA in March 1991 under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which governs the proper management of PCBs. The violations charged by U.S. EPA included storage of combustible materials near PCB transformers and spills from three transformers. The college was also charged with failure to register all PCB transformers with the fire department, maintain quarterly inspection records and other documents, and properly label all PCB transformers. The college must certify to U.S. EPA that it has complied with these 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.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Glenn of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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