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EPA cites Scott Brass for clean-air violatons

Release Date: 10/17/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254,

No. 06-OPA182

CHICAGO (Oct. 17, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Scott Brass Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's brass production plant at 31140 Edison Road, New Carlisle, Ind. EPA proposed a $42,470 penalty.

EPA alleges that Scott Brass violated testing and notification requirements when it installed and began operating four furnaces at the plant in 1997. In addition, EPA said the company failed to apply for a state operating permit before it installed the furnaces. Scott Brass emits particulate matter (smoke, ash, dust) when it melts scrap to produce brass metal.

Scott Brass has 30 days from receipt of the complaint to file an answer and request a hearing. The company may request an informal conference with EPA at any time to discuss resolving the allegations.

Inhaling high concentrations of particulates can affect children, the elderly and people with heart and lung diseases the most.

Information about EPA Region 5's air enforcement program is at Potential environmental violations may be reported at

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