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U.S. EPA FINES USAIR $335,000 FOR CLEAN WATER VIOLATIONS

 U.S. EPA FINES USAIR $335,000 FOR CLEAN WATER VIOLATIONS
 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced that it has fined USAir (NYSE: U), San Diego, Calif., $335,000 for discharging polluted wastewater into the city of San Diego's sewer system, a violation of the pretreatment requirements of the Clean Water Act. The fine is included in a settlement reached with Pacific Southwest Airmotive, now owned by USAir. The settlement is part of an announcement today by U.S. EPA of actions taken nationwide against industries and publicly owned treatment plants (POTWs) for pretreatment violations.
 "This settlement serves notice that industries will not economically benefit from violating the law and polluting the environment," said Harry Seraydarian, U.S. EPA's Water Management Division director. "U.S. EPA will take action to ensure that companies that fail to properly dispose of their hazardous wastes do not gain an economic advantage over those who obey the law."
 Pacific Southwest, which repaired jet engines, discharged wastewater exceeding federal pretreatment limits for cadmium, silver, zinc, lead, chromium and nickel, numerous times between January 1987 and April 1991.
 Since May 1991, 290 other industries and (POTWs) nationwide have been named in recent federal, state and local actions for violations of pretreatment requirements. The settlement with USAir is part of the third phase of the agency's Pretreatment Enforcement Initiative. The initiative, the first phase of which was announced in October 1989, has resulted in at least 670 federal, state and local penalty actions. These penalties total more than $54.1 million.
 Nationwide, 30,000 significant industries discharge toxic and other hazardous pollutants to more than 1,500 POTWs. While POTWs are designed to deal with pollutants in domestic or household wastewater, they are generally not designed to treat toxic or hazardous pollutants discharged by industrial sources. The Clean Water Act requires industries to pretreat their wastewater before sending it to local sewers to ensure that the wastes are not harmful to the treatment plant operation, the treatment plant personnel and the environment.
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 /CONTACT: Lois Grunwald of the U.S. EPA, 415-744-1588/
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