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U.S. EPA, GEORGIA-PACIFIC SETTLE AIR POLLUTION CASE FOR $108,000

 SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) announced that Georgia-Pacific Corp. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $108,000 to settle allegations that its sawmill in Amador County near Martell, Calif., exceeded limits on emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter.
 In a consent decree entered in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Georgia-Pacific also agreed to regularly submit to U.S. EPA and local air quality officials smokestack testing results that demonstrate compliance with limits on emissions of NOx, carbon monoxide (CO), total suspended particulates (TSP) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The consent decree also stipulates penalties for failure of any source test.
 U.S. EPA issued a notice of violation to Georgia-Pacific in May 1989 based on testing data supplied by the company that showed TSP emissions nearly twice the amount allowed in the company's permit and NOx emissions more than three times the allowed rate. Georgia-Pacific came into compliance with the conditions of its permit in August 1990 when it switched from wood-fired to natural gas-fired boilers at its facility.
 Particulate matter includes dust, smoke, fly ash and condensing vapors that can be suspended in the air for long periods of time. When inhaled, these microscopic particles can lodge in the lungs and affect respiratory function. Health effects from chronic exposure to high levels of particulate matter vary from nasal irritation to emphysema and bronchitis. Young people, the elderly, and people with heart or lung disease are especially susceptible.
 Among the oxides of nitrogen, nitrogen dioxide poses the greatest threat to humans, irritating the lungs and affecting the body's immune system. Nitrogen oxides also undergo chemical reactions in the atmosphere to cause ground-level ozone (smog) and acid rain.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Glenn of the U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589/


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