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U.S. EPA CITES HUGHES AIRCRAFT FOR WASTE VIOLATIONS

 U.S. EPA CITES HUGHES AIRCRAFT FOR WASTE VIOLATIONS
 SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced that it has filed a complaint against Hughes Aircraft Co. charging hazardous waste violations at the firm's electronics manufacturing plant at 3100 West Lomita Blvd., Torrance, Calif., and proposing a penalty of $381,150.
 The facility is charged with failing to get U.S. EPA or state of California approval, and failing to follow proper procedures, for the closure, removal, and replacement of two leaking underground hazardous waste storage tanks and two waste drum storage areas. Soils and groundwater beneath the underground tanks were found to be contaminated with solvents.
 Under RCRA, the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, which governs management of hazardous wastes, prior approval of waste storage closure plans is mandatory.
 Soil and groundwater contamination is a serious concern at the Hughes plant due to the potential for the contaminants to pollute drinking water. Currently, the contamination is confined to the plant site. The Regional Water Quality Control Board is requiring Hughes to pump and treat the contaminated groundwater before it spreads further. The nearest well drawing clean municipal water supplies is about two miles from the plant, and another is located four miles from it. Each of the wells provides water for about 100,000 people.
 In addition to paying the penalty, the complaint requires Hughes Aircraft to certify compliance with all applicable permit requirements for the new hazardous waste storage facilities.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Schmidt of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 415-744-1578/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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