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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AVOID COSTLY FINES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL NON-COMPLIANCE

ATLANTA, GA, August 24, 2005 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) was formed to protect public health, safety and the environment from chemical hazards.

EPCRA covers more than 650 toxic chemicals and chemical categories within numerous business sectors, including most manufacturing industries. Since this system was designed to protect the community, organizations that do not follow the reporting requirements can be penalized up to $27,500 per violation, per day.

In 2000 and 2001, the EPA’s data indicates that over 600 facilities, collectively, accounted for the late reporting of more than a billion pounds of toxic chemicals. In fiscal years 2002 through 2003, one EPA region settled over 60 late reporter cases for penalties totaling more than $500,000. To implement this act, a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) was put into place in every state.

Under EPCRA, many companies are required to send annual reports to the EPA and SERC detailing their chemical inventories for the previous year.

To understand the numerous complex components under EPCRA, attend Georgia Tech Research Institute’s upcoming course on Managing Environmental Compliance, October 12-14, 2005 at the Global Learning and Conference Center on Georgia Tech’s campus in Atlanta, GA.

Sign up today and help your company avoid costly fines for non-compliance, network with other professionals involved in environmental compliance and keep up-to-date on new and changing environmental regulations. Call 404-385-3500 to register or visit http://www.pe.gatech.edu (keyword search: EST 6000).

Attendants for this course will earn CEUs (Continuing Education Units) and AIA, HSW Learning Units. This course can also be used for elective credits for Georgia Tech’s Hazmat or OSH Training Certificate Program.

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is the nonprofit applied research arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. Our approximately 1,200 employees perform or support more than $100 million in research yearly for more than 200 clients in industry and government.

To learn more about GTRI, visit http://www.gtri.gatech.edu.


CONTACT:
Katie Pyner
GEORGIA TECH
404-385-3544

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