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NEW JERSEY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT FIRM TO PAY $15,000 PENALTY FOR CFC VIOLATIONS AT HARRISBURG APARTMENTS

Release Date: 11/23/1999
Contact Information: David Sternberg (215) 814-5548

David Sternberg (215) 814-5548

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The management firm for the Village Knoll Apartments at 100 Joya Circle in Harrisburg, Pa. has agreed to pay a $15,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of federal regulations on ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

In an April 1998 Clean Air Act complaint, EPA cited LCL Management of Parsippany, N.J. for violating federal regulations designed to prevent CFC-based refrigerant from escaping into the atmosphere.

According to EPA, LCL did not use required equipment or follow proper procedures to prevent leaks of CFC-based refrigerant while servicing air conditioning equipment at the apartments in 1996. Also according to the complaint, the company used an uncertified technician to service CFC-containing appliances, and did not certify that it used approved CFC recovery and recycling equipment during this work.

LCL neither admitted nor denied liability for the violations alleged in EPA’s complaint, but has certified that it is now in compliance with CFC regulations.

Scientists worldwide believe that CFCs contribute to the destruction of the earth’s stratospheric ozone layer, which protects the planet from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Ozone loss in the atmosphere is likely to lead to an increase in skin cancer in humans and damage to plant and animal life. For more information on CFCs and stratospheric ozone, please call the Stratospheric Ozone Information Hotline, 1-800-296-1996.


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