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EPA cites Flavorchem for clean-air violations

Release Date: 03/07/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA023

CHICAGO (Mar. 7, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Flavorchem Corp. for alleged clean-air violations at the company’s food flavoring, extracting and fragrance manufacturing plant at 1525 Brook Drive, Downers Grove, Ill.

EPA alleges that Flavorchem violated state regulations when it failed to get construction and operating permits for its Downers Grove facility.

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