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NATION IN BRIEF : TEXAS : Pipeline Firm to Pay Record EPA Fine

October 21, 1989|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Environmental Protection Agency said the Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. has agreed to pay the largest federal fine ever for an environmental violation--a $15-million penalty for improper toxic waste operations. The record fine is part of a settlement of civil charges brought against the company for discharging highly toxic PCBs--polychlorinated biphenyls--at 89 sites along a natural gas pipeline running from Texas to New Jersey. Overall, the company is expected to spend $400 million for cleanup activities.

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