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DER TAKES EMERGENCY ACTION TO SECURE MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA., FACILITY

DER TAKES EMERGENCY ACTION TO SECURE MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA., FACILITY
 HARRISBURG, Pa., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (DER) began an emergency action today to secure dozens of leaking and illegally stored drums of chemicals at Cirflex Systems Inc. in Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pa.
 The action was being taken under the authority of the state Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, which was signed in 1988 by Gov. Robert P. Casey.
 About 50 55-gallon drums and dozens of smaller containers of chemicals were discovered last week at the site after DER officials obtained a search warrant to look for suspected illegal discharges and connections at the facility, which manufactures printed circuit boards.
 "The emergency action is necessary because some of the chemicals are considered hazardous and pose a potential threat to employees of nearby businesses," said DER Acting Regional Director John Kennedy. "Workers dressed in protective gear began placing the drums in secure containers and securing the entire site."
 Kennedy said DER inspectors also determined that industrial wastewater was being illegally discharged through a pipe into the stormwater system, which connects directly to a tributary of Southampton Creek. He said DER is monitoring the creek.
 DER obtained a search warrant after the company denied DER inspectors access to the facility on numerous occasions. Cirflex President Millard Hendrickson has been barred from the site by court injunction obtained by DER.
 The department has referred the case to the state Attorney General's Office, which has begun a criminal investigation.
 Kennedy said every effort will be made to recoup the costs of the emergency action and to obtain additional site cleanup work from the company.
 The Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act enables Pennsylvania to order responsible parties to clean up sites or to use state funds and then seek reimbursement from the polluters.
 The cleanup program is funded from fees on the transportation and management of hazardous wastes, a portion of the capital stock and franchise tax and general fund revenues.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Sherf, 215-947-3100 (ext. 41), or Pam DiSalvo, 717-787-1323, both of the Department of Environmental Resources/ CO: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources; Cirflex Systems
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