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U.S. EPA PROPOSES $99,500 PCB PENALTY AGAINST UNITED AIRLINES

U.S. EPA PROPOSES $99,500 PCB PENALTY AGAINST UNITED AIRLINES
 SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ --The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has proposed a $99,500 civil penalty against United Airlines Inc. for violating polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) regulations at its maintenance facility at San Francisco International Airport.
 According to a complaint issued by U.S. EPA, United failed to keep complete inspection and maintenance records of PCB transformers, properly mark transformers, and register the units with the fire department. The Agency also charged that fluids containing PCBs leaked from one of the transformers.
 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. Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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