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Toy's Scrap and Salvage agrees to EPA order; will comply with federal rules to protect stratospheric ozone

Release Date: 10/22/2009
Contact Information: William Omohundro, 312-353-8254,

No. 09-OPA203

(Chicago - Oct. 22, 2009) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has issued an administrative consent order to Toy's Scrap and Salvage Corp. to comply with EPA regulations designed to protect the stratospheric ozone layer. The order affects the company's scrap metal recycling facility at 8010 Olson Drive, Eau Claire, Wis.

Toy's has agreed, among other things, to contract with third parties to properly recover any remaining ozone-depleting refrigerant from each small appliance and motor vehicle air conditioner it accepts or to verify that the refrigerant has been properly removed. The company will keep a log of the details of refrigerant recovery.

Chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants and certain substitute refrigerants deplete the stratospheric, or "good," ozone layer allowing dangerous amounts of cancer-causing ultraviolet rays from the sun to strike the earth. Production of some of these chemicals was stopped in 1995, and federal law strictly controls their use and handling.

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

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