LA HABRA, Calif. (Oct. 12)—Vip Rubber Co. Inc. will pay a $10,000 fine it received in August after the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board detected talc-laden water was discharged into a flood-control channel from the rubber plant. During an inspection, water board staff said they found evidence that a washing machine at the plant was leaking water full of the talc, which is inert and Food and Drug Administration approved, President Howard Vipperman said. "The talc product is approved for rubber use and is absolutely no threat to the environment or any human or animal," he said. The discharge was less that 1,000 gallons but talc residue in the channel suggested other legal discharges by the company occurred previously, according to water board reports. The board required Vip Rubber to obtain a permit for the storm water discharge, and the company will pay the $10,000 fine with $1,000 monthly payments, Vipperman added.