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EPA SETTLES WITH KOCH SULFUR PRODUCTS COMPANY, WILMINGTON, N.C. FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE COMPREHENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE, COMPENSATION, AND LIABILITY ACT

 ATLANTA, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today the settlement of an Administrative Complaint against Koch Sulfur Products Company, Wilmington, N.C. for Koch's alleged violation of Section 103 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, also known as Superfund).
 Specifically, the company failed to immediately notify the National Response Center following a release on Jan. 1, 1991 of sulfuric acid in excess of the reportable quantity. The release occurred at the company's Riegelwood, N.C. facility.
 While Koch Sulfur Products Company did not admit to the violation, the company has entered into a Consent Agreement and Consent Order with the agency. Under the terms of the agreement, the company will pay a civil penalty of $10,000 to the EPA Hazardous Substance Superfund. The initial penalty assessment was reduced because of the circumstances of the report, the company's cooperative attitude and its efforts to comply with the CERCLA reporting requirements.
 Section 103(a) of CERCLA requires facilities to immediately notify the National Response Center 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 so precludes these officials from being able to make a timely response if needed.
 -0- 1/29/93
 /CONTACT: Chuck Bruner, 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; Koch Sulfur
 Products Company ST: North Carolina IN: SU: EXE


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