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U.S. EPA SETTLES PCB COMPLAINTS WITH CALIFORNIA YOUTH AUTHORITY

U.S. EPA SETTLES PCB COMPLAINTS WITH CALIFORNIA YOUTH AUTHORITY
 SAN FRANCISCO, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced a consent agreement with the California Department of the Youth Authority that resolves alleged violations of federal regulations governing the proper management of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
 The Youth Authority agreed to pay a civil penalty of $4,700 to settle U.S. EPA's complaints against its Southern California Reception Center and Clinic in Norwalk and its Northern California Youth Center in Stockton. In addition, the Youth Authority will spend nearly $600,000 at its facilities statewide over the next three years on supplemental environmental projects. These include the removal of 15 PCB transformers, a department-wide audit of hazardous wastes and materials, expedited cleanup and disposal of hazardous wastes, instituting recycling programs for paint thinner and fiberboard, and establishment of a fund for emergency asbestos abatement.
 U.S. EPA had charged that the Youth Authority failed to notify the agency of its PCB waste activity, prepare inspection reports and other administrative records, mark access to a PCB transformer, and register transformers with the fire department. These and other requirements are enforced under the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
 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; California Department of the Youth Authority ST: California IN: SU:


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