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U.S. EPA SIGNS CONSENT AGREEMENT WITH UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

U.S. EPA SIGNS CONSENT AGREEMENT WITH UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced the signing of a consent agreement with the Regents of the University of California, which resolves violations of federal regulations that govern the proper management of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The university also agreed to pay a civil penalty of $150,000.
 As part of this settlement, the university has agreed to remove all PCB electrical transformers from campuses in Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego and Santa Cruz, and to comply with all remaining applicable PCB regulations. The university is also voluntarily removing from all of its campuses statewide other PCB transformers that are not mandated by law to be removed. PCB transformers at Berkeley, Santa Barbara and San Francisco campuses have already been removed by the university.
 The university plans to spend approximately $15 million to carry out these actions, which will result in the removal of 150 tons of PCBs from university facilities.
 Today's agreement stems from a civil complaint issued by U.S. EPA under the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the university's failure to install enhanced electrical protection on or to phase out PCB transformers. The university was also cited for violations of the use, marking, disposal and recordkeeping requirements of TSCA.
 According to TSCA, PCB transformers located in or near commercial buildings were either to be removed by Oct. 1, 1990, or equipped with protective measures, depending on the type of transformer.
 PCBs belong to a broad family of organic chemicals known as chlorinated hydrocarbons. They are widely used in hydraulic and heat-transfer systems and as an insulating fluid in electrical equipment. 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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