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EPA cites Nucor Steel for clean-air violations
Release Date: 01/12/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHICAGO (Jan. 12, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Nucor Steel for alleged clean-air violations at the company's steel mini-mill at 4537 S. Nucor Road, Crawfordsville, Ind.
EPA alleges that Nucor violated EPA requirements for control of hydrochloric acid emissions at one of the process lines where the acid is used to clean steel. The alleged violations were discovered during tests done Sept. 8 by a company contractor.
"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. Nucor has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.
Hydrochloric acid is a hazardous air pollutant that is corrosive to the eyes, skin and mucous membranes. Inhalation may cause coughing, hoarseness, inflammation and ulceration of the respiratory tract and chest pain.