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U.S. EPA SETTLES PCB VIOLATIONS WITH OLIVER RUBBER CO. OF OAKLAND

U.S. EPA SETTLES PCB VIOLATIONS WITH OLIVER RUBBER CO. OF OAKLAND
 SAN FRANCISCO, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced a consent agreement with Oliver Rubber Co. that settles charges of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) violations at its facility in Oakland, Calif.
 Under the agreement, Oliver Rubber will pay a civil penalty of $5,500 and spend approximately $30,000 to remove three PCB transformers and five PCB large capacitors from its facility at 1200 65th St. The company's removal of this equipment goes beyond the requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which governs the proper management of PCBs.
 The consent agreement stems from a civil complaint filed by U.S. EPA in July 1991. According to the complaint, the company failed to conduct required inspections of transformers, register transformers with the fire department, mark access to transformers and prepare proper administrative records.
 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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