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EPA cites Reilly Industries for clean-air violations

Release Date: 05/18/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254,

For Immediate Release
No. 06-OPA081

CHICAGO (May 18, 2006) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Reilly Industries Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company’s chemical plant, 1500 S. Tibbs Ave., Indianapolis, Ind.

EPA alleges that, among other things, Reilly failed to comply with testing, recordkeeping, monitoring and reporting requirements for hazardous air pollutants in its state operating permit and the Clean Air Act.

The alleged violations were discovered during a compliance inspection by EPA, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the city of Indianapolis in September 2005.

“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. Reilly has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

Hazardous air pollutants may cause serious health effects including birth defects and cancer. They may also cause harmful environmental and ecological effects.

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