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U.S. EPA CHARGES APPLIED MICRO CIRCUITS UNDER RIGHT-TO-KNOW LAW

U.S. EPA CHARGES APPLIED MICRO CIRCUITS UNDER RIGHT-TO-KNOW LAW
 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has issued a complaint against Applied Micro Circuits Corp. of San Diego for violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
 The complaint charges that Applied Micro Circuits' facility at 6195 Lusk Blvd. failed to file reports estimating its releases of ammonia and sulfuric acid to the environment during 1987, 1988 and 1989. A civil penalty of $102,000 was proposed by U.S. EPA, which discovered the alleged violations during a routine inspection.
 "Companies should not confuse the requirement to report total chemical emissions with other provisions of the law that focus on emergency planning," said David P. Howekamp, director of the air and toxics division of U.S. EPA's western regional office. "The proposed penalty has been assessed against this facility because it failed to estimate and report releases of toxics to the air, land and water."
 The company, a manufacturer of integrated circuits, has 20 days from receipt of the complaint to respond and to request a hearing.
 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. EPA, 415-744-1589/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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