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EPA cites Scott Brass for clean-air violations

Release Date: 09/09/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA172

CHICAGO (Sept. 9, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Scott Brass Co. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's brass production plant at 31140 Edison Road, New Carlisle, Ind.

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.

"EPA's mission is to protect public health and the environment," said Regional Administrator Thomas V. Skinner. "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. Scott Brass has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

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