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EPA SETTLES WITH BUNGE FOODS, CHATTANOOGA, TENN., FOR VIOLATIONS OF CERCLA AND THE EMERGENCY PLANNING AND COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW ACT

 ATLANTA, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the settlement of an Administrative Complaint against Bunge Foods Corporation, Chattanooga, Tenn., for violations of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, also known as Superfund) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA, also known as Title III).
 The complaint charged that the company failed to immediately notify the National Response Center, the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and the emergency coordinator of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) following an April 16, 1992, release of ammonia in excess of the reportable quantity. Also, the complaint charged that the company did not submit a completed emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form for sodium hydroxide by March 1, 1990, 1991 and 1992 to the SERC, LEPC and the local fire department.
 The Consent Agreement and Consent Order requires the company to pay a civil penalty of $20,475 to the United States Treasury for the EPCRA violations and a civil penalty of $6,187 to the EPA Hazardous Substance Superfund for the CERCLA violations.
 CERCLA and EPCRA regulations require facilities to immediately notify the National Response Center, and the SERC, or the LEPC, when there has been a spill or release of a hazardous substance in an amount equal to or greater than the reportable quantity. Immediate notification enables federal, state and local officials to determine whether they need to render emergency assistance. Failure to do such precludes these officials from being able to make a timely response if needed. EPCRA also requires certain businesses to submit reports each year on the amounts of certain chemicals stored at their facilities or released into the environment either routinely or as a result of accidents.
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 /CONTACT: Beverly Mosely, Title III, 404-347-1033, or Carl Terry, press office, 404-347-3004, both of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/


CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Bunge Foods Corporation ST: Tennessee IN: ENV SU: EXE

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