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TRANSCO PIPELINE CLEANUP TO BENEFIT PENNSYLVANIA ENVIRONMENT

 TRANSCO PIPELINE CLEANUP TO BENEFIT PENNSYLVANIA ENVIRONMENT
 HARRISBURG, Pa., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Resources (DER) today announced it has reached an agreement with the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. calling for the cleanup of contaminated pipeline compressor stations and the startup of projects designed to benefit the environment.
 The pipeline's compressor stations, located in various parts of Pennsylvania, were contaminated more than 10 years ago by liquid hydrocarbons, which condense from natural gas during transmission.
 In a cooperative agreement with DER, the company has agreed not only to clean up the contamination, but also to fund $400,000 worth of environmental projects near the pipeline sites, such as land acquisition for natural recreation areas and wildlife and fisheries studies.
 "Transcontinental is acting responsibly to correct environmental violations that occurred more than a decade ago," DER Secretary Arthur A. Davis said. "The company has meticulously cooperated with the state to restore the pipeline sites and to prevent further pollution.
 "The company also is carrying out projects to the benefit of Pennsylvania citizens and their environment."
 The agreement is the result of Gov. Robert P. Casey's 1987 directive to investigate natural gas pipeline companies operating facilities in Pennsylvania.
 DER's investigation of the Texas-based company found soil contamination at the company's five compressor stations in York, Chester, Luzerne, Lycoming and Potter counties.
 Although the company did not use PCB oil, there was low level PCB contamination resulting from pipeline connections with companies using PCB lubricating oils. PCBs are polychlorinated biphenyls, hazardous substances which are suspected of being cancer causing.
 DER found there was no off-site contamination and the pollution did not present immediate health hazards.
 Under the agreement, Transcontinental will:
 -- remedy the contaminated sites over the next three years;
 -- pay a civil penalty of $425,000;
 -- pay DER oversight costs up to $200,000 per year and past DER costs of almost $90,000;
 -- fund $400,000 worth of pro-active environmentally beneficial projects; and
 -- conduct a pollution prevention study.
 "This agreement demonstrates the value of industry working with government to develop solutions to problems which are environmentally responsible and make good business sense," Davis said.
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 /CONTACT: Pam DiSalvo of the Department of Environmental Resources, 717-787-1323/ CO: Department of Environmental Resources; Transcontinental Gas Pipe
 Line Co. ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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