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U.S. EPA PROPOSES $41,000 PENALTY AGAINST FIBREBOARD CORP.

 U.S. EPA PROPOSES $41,000 PENALTY AGAINST FIBREBOARD CORP.
 SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has proposed a $41,000 civil penalty against Fibreboard Corp. for alleged violations of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) regulations at its facility in Standard, Calif.
 According to a complaint issued by U.S. EPA, Fibreboard failed to register PCB transformers with local fire response personnel as required by federal law. The agency also charged that combustible materials were stored near PCB transformers and that three transformers had leaks. Inspection of the units also revealed a spill beneath one transformer.
 The complaint by U.S. EPA was issued under the federal Toxic Substances Control Act, which governs the proper management of PCBs.
 PCBs belong to a broad family of organic chemicals known as chlorinated hydrocarbons. They have been widely used in hydraulic and heat-transfer systems and as an insulating fluid in electrical equipment. U.S. EPA banned the manufacture of PCBs in 1979 because of their toxicity and persistence in the environment. They are classified as a probable human carcinogen.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Glenn of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589/ CO: U.S. EPA ST: California IN: SU:


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