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EPA cites Multi-Cast for clean-air violations

Release Date: 6/20/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA098

CHICAGO (June 20, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Multi-Cast Corp. for alleged clean-air violations at the company’s aluminum recovery plant at 225 E. Linfoot St., Wauseon, Ohio.

EPA alleges that Multi-Cast failed to test for dioxins and furans at its 12 aluminum melting furnaces and failed to notify EPA of its compliance status. In addition, EPA said the company failed to comply with labeling and reporting requirements.

“EPA’s mission is to protect public health and the environment,” said Acting Regional Administrator Bharat Mathur. “We will take whatever steps are needed to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act.”

These are preliminary findings of violations. To resolve them, EPA may issue a compliance order, assess an administrative penalty or bring suit against the company. Multi-Cast has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

There is evidence that dioxins may cause liver damage and probably cause cancer in humans, and furans may cause cancer in humans.

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