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EPA CITES MOBIL OIL CORPORATION FOR PCB VIOLATIONS; SEEKS $116,000 IN PENALTIES

 NEW YORK, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a complaint to Mobil Oil Corporation for violations of federal polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) regulations at its Route 27 facility in Edison, N.J. The agency is seeking $116,000 in penalties for the violations.
 According to today's complaint, Mobil Oil Corporation did not have records of quarterly visual inspections of its PCB transformer for a period of time from October 1988 through December 1991. Such inspections are required by the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).
 Today's complaint also alleges that Mobil Oil did not notify EPA of its PCB waste handling activities. In addition, Mobil failed to develop and maintain annual records documenting the disposition of PCBs from 1978 to the present. TSCA requires facilities using or storing PCB transformer and PCB items for disposal to notify EPA of PCB waste handling activities and to maintain annual documents detailing PCB disposition.
 The complaint also cites Mobil Oil for storing 27 drums of PCB waste in an area without adequate containment. In addition, Mobil failed to dispose of PCB wastes within one year of the date that they were originally stored for disposal. Federal regulations require facilities to store PCB materials in adequate storage areas and prohibit them from storing PCB items for disposal for more than one year.
 "The federal PCB regulations are intended to ensure that they are properly managed," said William J. Muszynski, acting EPA Region 2 administrator. "Proper storage of PCB wastes and maintenance of PCB transformers are an important part of PCB management."
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 /CONTACT: Mary Breitenbach of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 212-264-2515/
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