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EPA reaches agreement with Greif Brothers on clean-air violations

Release Date: 10/29/2007
Contact Information: William Omohundro, 312-353-8254,

No. 07-OPA192

CHICAGO (Oct. 29, 2007) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Greif Brothers Industrial Packaging & Services LLC, 4300 W. 130th St., Alsip, Ill., on alleged clean-air violations at two industrial process cooling towers at the company's metal drum production plant in Alsip.

The agreement, which includes a $120,000 penalty, resolves EPA allegations that Greif Brothers violated national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants by using hexavalent chromium compounds in its cooling towers.

Short-term exposure to hexavalent chromium can cause shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. Long-term exposure can cause perforations and ulcerations of the nasal septum, bronchitis, decreased lung function, pneumonia and other respiratory effects. Hexavalent chromium is also a known cancer-causing agent.

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

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