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EPA SETTLES WITH COASTAL CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC. OF HAMPTON, GA., FOR CERCLA AND EPCRA VIOLATIONS

 ATLANTA, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the settlement of an Administrative Complaint against Coastal Chemical Company, Inc., Hampton, Ga., for alleged 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).
 According to the complaint, the company failed to immediately notify the National Response Center, the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and the emergency coordinator for the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) following a July 10, 1991, release of chlorine in excess of the reportable quantity. The complaint assessed a civil penalty of $75,000.
 In lieu of the assessed penalty, the settlement calls for the company to expend more than $121,000 to enhance the emergency response capabilities of Henry County's emergency personnel and to make operational modifications at its facilities. This action requires the company to provide the following:
 -- supplemental emergency equipment,
 -- resources necessary to train all members of the emergency
 response team regarding worker protection requirements and
 response training for chemical release hazards,
 -- resources necessary to assist the county in performing a complete
 hazards vulnerability analysis, and
 -- implement modifications to its existing liquid chlorine
 handling system at its three facilities to increase the level of
 safety and reduce the threat of an accidental release.
 Additionally, the settlement requires the company to pay a $2,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Treasury.
 CERCLA and EPCRA regulations require facilities to immediately notify the National Response Center, the SERC and 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.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Yatabe, Title III, 404-347-1033, or Carl Terry, press office, 404-347-3004, both of the United States Environmental Protection Agency/


CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency; Coastal Chemical
 Company, Inc. ST: Georgia IN: CHM SU: EXE


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