New Year Passes Uneventfully at Hazardous Chemical Sites

No Y2K problems so far at environmentally sensitive sites.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), saw Jan. 1, 2000 arrive without reported incidents or threats to human health or the environment.

The agency will, however, remain watchful at the start of this work week in the event of Y2K-related problems at small- and medium-sized businesses.

Of EPA's Region 2's 236 federal Superfund sites, thousands of wastewater and drinking water treatment facilities and thousands of regulated corporate facilities using large amounts of hazardous chemicals, no Y2K-related problems have been identified.

"EPA is pleased to announce that while Americans were celebrating the New Year, their environment and health continued to be protected," said Jeanne M. Fox, EPA regional administrator.

EPA credits companies and facilities throughout the region for an uneventful passing into the new millennium because many followed the agency's request to test computerized equipment early and develop contingency plans in case of emergencies.

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