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Release Date: 3/11/1999
Contact Information: Randy Wittorp, U.S. EPA, (415) 744-1589

     (San Francisco) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the settlement of a complaint against Corsair Marine, Chula Vista, CA, for alleged violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).  

     As part of the consent agreement reached by the company and the U.S. EPA, Corsair Marine, Chula Vista, CA, will pay a civil penalty of $10,216.50.

     The EPA negotiated a settlement with Corsair Marine prior to filing the complaint, allowing the Agency to simultaneously file the civil complaint and consent agreement.  The EPA alleged that Corsair Marine's  facility at 150 Reed Court, Chula Vista, CA, failed to file reports estimating its releases of styrene to the environment during 1994, 1995 and 1996.  The alleged violations were discovered during a routine inspection.

     EPCRA requires annual reports to the EPA and the State from manufacturing facilities with 10 or more employees that use or manufacture certain toxic chemicals over a specified threshold amount.  The reports provide estimates of the amounts of each toxic chemical released to the environment, treated or recycled on-site, or transferred off-site to another facility.  Each year the EPA publishes a report entitled the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Public Data Release which summarized the prior years submissions and provides detailed trend analysis of toxic chemical releases.  

     A copy of the TRI Public Data Release can be obtained by calling the EPA's toll-free Community Right-to-Know Hotline at (800) 535-0202.  Environmental databases, including TRI data, can also be accessed via the Internet by visiting U.S. EPA Envirofacts Warehouse Home Page at