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U.S. EPA ANNOUNCES WASTE SETTLEMENT WITH UNITED TECHNOLOGIES

 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced the signing of a consent agreement with the Chemical Systems Division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) to settle charges of hazardous waste violations. The agreement requires the company to improve hazardous waste management procedures and reduce the use of toxic solvents at its Coyote Center facility, 600 Metcalf Road, San Jose, Calif. The company also agreed to pay a penalty of $165,000 and install new equipment that will greatly reduce the amount of hazardous waste it generates.
 "This agreement not only mandates strict compliance with hazardous waste regulations, it requires the company to go further to prevent pollution by reducing generation of hazardous waste," said Jeff Zelikson, U.S. EPA's regional director of hazardous waste management.
 The United Technologies facility generates waste rocket propellant and spent solvents, which were formerly burned in open pits at the site. The original complaint charged the facility with burning and detonating these wastes in a manner which may threaten human health and the environment, storing hazardous wastes in open containers, and failing to properly analyze and identify waste shipped off-site for disposal.
 The agreement requires the facility to construct burn pans to prevent hazardous waste releases onto the soil, to build earthen berms at least 12 feet high around the burn pans, and to take other fire safety measures. The facility has already built several burn pans. The agreement also requires the facility to analyze each shipment of ash shipped off-site for disposal to comply with restrictions on land disposal of hazardous waste.
 In addition, the agreement commits United Technologies to undertake a supplemental environmental project that will reduce the use of solvents in the facility's on-site laboratory by installing new equipment that uses air instead of solvents to perform quality assurance tests on rocket propellant.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Schmidt of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1578/
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