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THREE OFFICIALS OF LCP CHEMICALS CONVICTED


THREE OFFICIALS OF LCP CHEMICALS CONVICTED/SCROLL
FOR RELEASE:   FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1999 

THREE OFFICIALS OF LCP CHEMICALS CONVICTED

Three former officers and managers of  LCP Chemicals of Brunswick, 
Ga., were convicted of violating various environmental protection laws on
Jan. 15 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia in
Brunswick.  LCP was a subsidiary of Hanlin Group Inc., a Delaware
corporation.  Christian A. Hansen of Highlands, N.J., former chairman of
the board of Hanlin Group was convicted on 41 counts; Randall W. Hansen of
Westfield, N.J., former treasurer of the Hanlin Group was convicted on 34
counts; and Alfred R. Taylor of Brunswick, Ga., former plant manager at
the LCP facility in Brunswick was convicted on 20 counts.  All defendants
were convicted on one count of conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act,
the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive
Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.  In addition,
each defendant was convicted on one RCRA count of knowingly endangering
employees at the Brunswick plant.  The defendants were also individually
convicted on a variety of other environmental offenses.  LCP  manufactured
chlor-alkalai bleach, caustic soda, hydrogen gas and hydrochloric acid at
its Brunswick facility.  In the process, the defendants caused mercury and
chlorine to be released into Purvis Creek. Contact with sufficient
quantities of mercury can lead to a variety of neurological and other
disorders.  Chlorine is a highly caustic material which can cause chemical
burns and can be harmful to aquatic life.  The case was investigated by
the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service with the assistance of the EPA's National Enforcement
Investigations Center, and was prosecuted by the U.S. Department of
Justice.

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