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EPA SETTLES WITH SOUTHWEST MOTOR FREIGHT, 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 Southwest Motor Freight, 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 a material safety data sheet for diesel fuel, a hazardous chemical, and failed to submit timely, complete, and correct emergency and hazardous chemical inventory forms for 1991 to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and the local fire department.
 The Consent Agreement and Consent Order requires the company to pay a civil penalty of $5,600 to the United States Treasury and a settlement payment of $21,200 to the Hamilton County Local Emergency Planning Committee. Additionally, the company has donated a self-contained breathing apparatus to the Hamilton County LEPC.
 EPCRA requires certain businesses to submit reports each year on the amounts, location and potential effects 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 environmental 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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/


CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Southwest Motor Freight, Inc. ST: Tennessee IN: ENV SU: EXE

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