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U.S. EPA AND MENTOR SETTLE RIGHT-TO-KNOW COMPLAINT

 U.S. EPA AND MENTOR SETTLE RIGHT-TO-KNOW COMPLAINT
 SAN FRANCISCO, May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced that it received payment of $24,000 in penalties as part of a consent agreement with Mentor Corp., Goleta, Calif., resolving alleged violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
 In addition to paying the civil penalty, Mentor has agreed to invest at least $75,000 to install deionized water process equipment to be used in place of freon as a degreaser in manufacturing. Freon is the trade name for chlorohydrofluorocarbon (CFC)-113, a chemical that contributes to depletion of the ozone layer when it is released into the atmosphere.
 U.S. EPA had filed a civil complaint charging that Mentor's facility at 600 Pine Ave. failed to file reports estimating its releases into the environment of xylene in 1987 and CFC-113 in 1987 and 1988. The company is a manufacturer of medical implant devices.
 EPCRA requires annual reports to U.S. EPA and the state from facilities with more than 10 employees that use or manufacture certain toxic chemicals over a specified threshold amount. The reports provide estimates of the amounts of each toxic chemical released to the environment or transferred to another facility.
 Further information on toxic release inventory reports may be obtained by calling U.S. EPA's toll-free Community Right-to-Know Hotline at 800-535-0202, or by writing to the Toxic Release Inventory Program, U.S. EPA, Region 9, 75 Hawthorne St., Mail Code A-4-3, San Francisco, CA 94105.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Glenn of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 415-744-1589/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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