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U.S. EPA SETTLES PCB COMPLAINT AGAINST SMURFIT NEWSPRINT CORP.

 SAN FRANCISCO, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has settled a complaint against Smurfit Newsprint Corp. of California for alleged polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) violations at its facility in Pomona, Calif.
 As part of a consent agreement reached with U.S. EPA, Smurfit will pay a civil penalty of $5,000. In addition, the company has agreed to remove and properly dispose of all six of its PCB transformers at a cost of approximately $550,000. The removal of these transformers will eliminate nearly 24,000 pounds of PCBs from the environment.
 According to a complaint issued by U.S. EPA in April 1992, a routine inspection of Smurfit's facility at 2205 W. Mt. Vernon Ave. revealed leaks in four PCB transformers and small spills from two of the leaking units. The agency also charged that combustible materials were being stored within five meters of the transformers and that Smurfit failed to keep inspection records for the second quarter of 1990.
 The civil complaint was issued by U.S. EPA 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; Smurfit Newsprint Corp. ST: California IN: ENV SU: EXE

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