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GE AGREES TO PAY $59,400 IN PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE NATION'S TOXIC SUBSTANCE LAW

 GE AGREES TO PAY $59,400 IN PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS
 OF THE NATION'S TOXIC SUBSTANCE LAW
 NEW YORK, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- General Electric Company, Inc. (GE) has agreed to pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $59,400 in penalties for toxic substance violations at its Fort Edward, N.Y. facility.
 The penalties are for not properly marking transformers containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and storing combustible materials within 5 meters of a PCB transformer without registering the transformer with fire response personnel. In addition, GE did not prepare annual documents on the PCBs and PCB items at Fort Edward, N.Y. for the years 1980-1988.
 "PCBs are possible carcinogens, therefore, it is important to EPA that these substances be treated with great care as prescribed by the law." said Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff, EPA Region 2 administrator, "Proper labelling and notification are integral parts of EPA's regulatory program as a whole."
 Under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), transformers containing PCBs must be marked "ML". Also under the law, PCB transformers placed in or around combustible material must be registered with the local fire officials. In addition, annual records must be kept for each PCB transformer, including such information as maintenance and inspection schedules.
 In addition to paying a penalty, GE certified that it has replaced six transformers at its Fort Edward plant with non-PCB (silicone fluid) transformers at a cost of $187,451.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Breitenbach of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 212-264-2515/
 (GE) CO: General Electric Co. ST: Connecticut IN: SU:


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