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EPA SETTLES WITH SOUTHERN CELLULOSE PRODUCTS, INC., CHATTANOOGA, TENN., FOR VIOLATIONS OF 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 Southern Cellulose Products, Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn. for violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA, also known as Title III).
 According to the complaint, the company failed to submit timely, complete, and correct 1989, 1990 and 1991 hazardous chemical inventory forms for chlorine, sulfuric acid, and sodium hydroxide to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and the local fire department.
 Under the terms of the Consent Agreement and Consent Order, the company will pay a civil penalty of $1,800 to the United States Treasury. Additionally, the company has agreed to undertake and complete, as a Supplemental Environmental Project, a process conversion that will eliminate chlorine gas from its process. The chlorine gas will be replaced by liquid hypochlorite bleach. Full scale conversion is estimated to cost approximately $72,000. The process conversion will result in significant long-term environmental benefits to the public.
 EPCRA 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. Environmental agencies use this information to inform the public about routine releases of toxic chemicals to the environment and set priorities for further investigation and other actions to protect human health and the environment.
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 /CONTACT: Beverly Mosely, 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; Southern Cellulose
 Products, Inc. ST: Tennessee IN: ENV SU: EXE


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