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EPA ANNOUNCES MAJOR SETTLEMENTS WITH GRUMMAN ST. AUGUSTINE CORP. AND SANDERS LEAD COMPANY FOR VIOLATIONS OF HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL LAWS

 ATLANTA, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today the settlement of enforcement actions against Grumman St. Augustine Corp., St. Augustine, Fla., and Sanders Lead Company, Troy, Ala., for alleged violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste land disposal restrictions (LDR).
 The settlements not only represent two of the largest RCRA judicial settlements ($2.5 million and $2 million), but one also includes precedent-setting pollution prevention projects.
 Patrick Tobin, acting EPA regional administrator in Atlanta, said: "The agency's restrictions on hazardous wastes that can be land disposed are intended to protect our natural resources and minimize the risks to the American public. These enforcement actions are part of a nationwide effort by EPA and the Justice Department to stop the illegal land disposal of hazardous waste. The penalties demonstrate the seriousness of the enforcement action taken by the agency in carrying out the intent of Congress to reduce the nation's reliance on land disposal as a hazardous waste treatment option."
 The RCRA land disposal restrictions require treatment of most hazardous wastes to meet specific treatment standards, thus allowing only disposal of treated wastes and residues on the land. The restrictions apply to all persons who generate, transport, treat, store or dispose of hazardous wastes. Through these laws and their enforcement, advanced treatment, recycling, waste minimization and other hazardous waste control technologies will, wherever possible, replace land disposal.
 The civil suit, filed in 1991 by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), cited Grumman for violations of the LDR by failing to properly manage hazardous wastes, wastewater treatment sludge, paint chip waste, and spent lacquer thinner. Additionally, the company was cited for failing to notify the disposal facility that the waste was subject to LDR and for several other RCRA violations that include the disposal of some of its hazardous wastes at a local landfill, illegal accumulation of hazardous wastes, and illegal treatment of hazardous wastes.
 In today's settlement, Grumman has agreed to a $2,500,000 settlement for alleged LDR and other RCRA violations. Of the $2,500,000, Grumman will initially pay $1,500,000. If Grumman successfully completes nine Pollution Prevention Projects that have been approved by EPA at three Grumman Corporation (NYSE: GQ) facilities in the Southeast (St. Augustine, Stuart, Fla., and Milledgeville, Ga.), the settlement amount will be reduced by $1 million.
 Successful completion of the projects would result in substantial environmental benefits that include, among other things, the reduction or elimination of highly toxic waste streams, including freon, an ozone depleting substance, and methylene chloride, a paint stripper. The substitution of a non-hazardous paint stripper for methylene chloride could set a precedent for the industry across the country because most paint strippers use hazardous solvents in their operations. Additionally, the agency estimates that as much as 239,444 lbs./year of chlorinated solvent emissions will be eliminated and more than 2 million gallons/year of potable water will be conserved.
 The settlement also requires Grumman to complete a comprehensive audit of its facility and implement an education and training program for its employees to ensure compliance with LDR and other RCRA requirements.
 Sanders Lead Company, which operates a secondary lead smelting and refining facility just south of Troy, was cited for, among other things, the disposal of lead contaminated acidic wastes into a surface impoundment and the operation of six land disposal units after loss of RCRA "interim status." Sanders Lead Company has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $2 million. The Sanders case represents the first civil judicial case ever filed to enforce RCRA's LDR requirements.
 In accordance with DOJ regulations, the settlements will undergo a 30-day public comment period after publication in the Federal Register.
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 /CONTACT: Carl Terry, press office of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 404-347-3004/
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