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EPA TO CONDUCT CHEMICAL SAFETY AUDITAT ALBRIGHT & WILSON AMERICAS, INC. IN CHARLESTON, S.C.

 ATLANTA, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chemical Accident Prevention Program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a chemical safety audit at Albright & Wilson Americas, Inc. in Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday, Jan. 11.
 The audit is expected to be completed within one week.
 The Albright & Wilson Americas, Inc. facility processes phosphorus and other chemicals. The facility experienced a major explosion in June 1991.
 Chemical safety audits are part of the agency's Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Program. They are conducted routinely and in response to accidental releases at various facilities throughout the region to determine the causes of such releases of hazardous substances and to find ways of preventing them.
 During the audit, EPA will evaluate the facility's chemical processes and equipment; its maintenance, operating, storage, training, and safety procedures; and management's commitment to chemical accident prevention and safety. Also, EPA will review the facility's contingency planning for accidental releases, should they occur.
 Albright & Wilson Americas, Inc., and similar facilities which use regulated chemicals, are required to notify federal and/or state and local officials of accidental releases of hazardous substances in amounts in excess of established minimum quantities. In addition, these facilities must report annually to state and local officials on the types and amounts of hazardous substances on-site in quantities above threshold levels. Also, they may be required to report to EPA and to the state their annual emissions of certain toxic chemicals which enter the air, water, and land.
 EPA will prepare a technical report describing the audit, including findings and recommendations. The report is expected to be completed within two to three months. Copies of the report will be made available to the public upon its completion. Persons interested in obtaining a copy should contact Charles Cartwright, U.S. EPA Region IV, 345 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30365; telephone: 404-347-1033.
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 /CONTACT: Charles Cartwright, emergency planning unit, 404-347-1033, or Carl Terry, press office, 404-347-3004, both of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/


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