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GE Agrees to Pay $325,000 in Hazardous Waste Settlement

April 16, 1992

BOSTON (AP) _ General Electric Co. agreed Wednesday to pay $325,000 to settle a hazardous waste suit accusing it of dumping photochemical waste down a sink.

State prosecutors charged in Suffolk Superior Court that GE dumped about 3,000 gallons of the waste each year at its Navy & Small Steam Turbine Department in Fitchburg.

GE officials said they were unaware of the illegal dumping and that when they were notified they ″took immediate corrective action.″

The company agreed to pay a $250,000 civil penalty and put an additional $75,000 into the state’s environmental trust fund for pollution education.

″This settlement is significant because it does more than simply punish a violator for breaking the law,″ said Daniel Greenbaum, the state’s top environmental officer.

The trust fund payment will be used to teach people about the proper disposal of hazardous waste, the legal obligations of waste producers and recycling options.

State investigators accused GE of dumping a microfilm machine by-product into the Fitchburg municipal sewer system between August 1989 and March 1991.

The Fitchburg plant has been a supplier of turbine-generator sets to the navy for 50 years, GE said. It also produces turbine systems for utility and industrial customers.

″At no time were there health risks to either employees or the community at-large,″ GE spokesman Bob Johnson said.

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