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

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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