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REPORTS THAT FIRES POSING PCB RISK IN LAGUNA BEACH ARE ERRONEOUS

 ROSEMEAD, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Edison said today that reports by some media linking fire damage to electric transformers in the Laguna Beach, Calif., area with the cancer-causing chemical PCB are erroneous.
 Edison removed all PCBs from its transformers in its entire electric distribution system (pole transformers and underground transformers) in all residential and business areas several years ago, according to Steven Nelson, Edison area manager for Laguna Beach.
 Nelson emphasized that there is no danger to public health posed by the fire damage to Edison electric facilities in the area.
 Also, some media reported late this afternoon that fire personnel were waiting for Edison crews to de-energize power lines in the El Morro Trailer Park in Laguna Beach before they could fight the fire in the trailer park. The power had been turned off in that area at about 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, Nelson said.
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