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EPA CHARGES ELF ATOCHEM WITH HAZARDOUS WASTE VIOLATIONS: SEEKS $84,600 IN PENALTIES

 EPA CHARGES ELF ATOCHEM WITH HAZARDOUS WASTE VIOLATIONS:
 SEEKS $84,600 IN PENALTIES
 NEW YORK, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a complaint against Elf Atochem North America, Inc., a Geneseo, N.Y. company which burns liquid hazardous waste for fuel in its industrial boiler, for failing to continuously monitor the hazardous waste feed rates in its boiler, exceeding its hazardous waste feed rate limit and failing to inspect monitoring, safety and emergency equipment. EPA's complaint seeks $84,600 in penalties for the company's violations. "In order to protect human health and the environment, hazardous wastes must be properly handled," said Constantine Sidamon- Eristoff, EPA Region 2 Administrator. "Improper handling of such materials can lead to the contamination of water, soil, and air. In this case, no known environmental harm has occurred as a result of these violations."
 The complaint also charges Elf Atochem with failing to submit, to a major local newspaper, a notice certifying precomplaince with the applicable new hazardous waste burning requirements. In addition to the penalties, the complaint seeks full compliance with the law.
 Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal hazardous waste law, facilities that generate, treat, or dispose of hazardous waste must comply with certain regulations. The RCRA regulations governing boilers and industrial furnaces became effective in August of 1991. These regulations govern an estimated 180 facilities nation-wide.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Breitenbach, 212-264-2515, of the Environmental Protection Agency/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: New York IN: SU:


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