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UNITED TECHNOLOGIES TO PAY RECORD PENALTY AND UNDERGO EXTENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT

 WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency today said United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX)(UTC) of Hartford, Conn., will undergo one of the most extensive environmental audits ever obtained in an EPA settlement and also will pay $5.3 million for environmental law violations.
 The agreement requires UTC to pay $3.7 million under the Resource, Conservation and Recovery Act -- the largest civil penalty ever imposed under RCRA in an EPA agreement. The remaining $1.6 million will be paid under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Connecticut Water Pollution Control Act (CWPCA).
 Twenty-six UTC facilities in New England are covered by the agreement on the audit, which will assess the company's ability to comply with a wide range of environmental statutes. The federal government maintains that UTC's widespread, serious, and repeated violations could have been prevented if proper compliance procedures ha been in place.
 UTC is required to retain a management consulting firm to assess the company's management systems and its ability to comply with federal environmental laws. The agreement requires that improved management and environmental compliance procedures be put in place following the recommendations made by the management consultants.
 The settlement also requires that an outside firm will audit UTC's improved management procedures to ensure that they result in compliance.
 The RCRA violations by UTC included improper handling of hazardous waste, storage of hazardous waste without a permit, inadequate record-keeping, inadequate training of personnel, failure to complete waste analysis, and inadequate groundwater monitoring. CWA and CWPCA violations included discharging pollutants without a permit, discharging pollutants in violation of permit limits, and discharging inadequately pretreated wastewater to a publicly-owned treatment plant.
 UTC facilities covered by the agreement manufacture jet engines and parts, aircraft and spacecraft components, and helicopters. UTC facilities cited for violations include: seven Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Divisions; and these other Connecticut facilities -- Hamilton Standard Division, in Windsor Locks and East Windsor; Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford; and United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford.
 "By this settlement we have not only corrected past problems, but we also have acted to assure that future violations will be deterred," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Myles Flint of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of DOJ.
 "This settlement reflects several themes that will mark environmental enforcement in this administration -- penalties that are meaningful, multi-statute enforcement, and environmental audits that will institutionalize corporate compliance with environmental laws in the future," said Steven A. Herman, EPA assistant administrator for enforcement.
 "As significant as the size of the penalty -- the second largest in a water pollution case -- is UTC's commitment to correct the serious environmental problems that exist at its plants, many of them located along the Connecticut River," said Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. "UTC has been a tremendous asset to our state and is essential to our economic well-being. We are pleased that the company has also made a commitment to our state's environmental well-being."
 "UTC's past environmental record was one of persistent violations of federal laws" said Paul G. Keough, EPA acting regional administrator for Region 1. "But since opening an environmental compliance office they are beginning to turn that record around. The audit, one of the most extensive ever agreed to in an enforcement action, will force widespread management improvement strategies to achieve compliance with every major environmental law at all of its facilities."
 "This settlement implements an innovative enforcement policy in which United Technology pays a substantial fine of $1.05 million for water violations to the state and provides direct services to the environment and the community," said Timothy R.E. Keeney, commissioner of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.
 The settlement is subject to public comment that must be considered before it becomes final. Comments go to:
 -- Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 20530 RE: U.S. vs. United Technologies Corporation. D.J. No. 90-7-1-536.
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 /CONTACT: Press officers at the following: Department of Justice; 202-616-2765; Environmental Protection Agency, 617-565-2713; and TDD, 202-514-1888/
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