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EPA cites Honeywell Analytics for clean-air violations

Release Date: 02/01/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

No. 06-OPA016

CHICAGO (Feb. 1, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Honeywell Analytics for alleged clean-air violations at the company's laboratory equipment assembly and paper coating plant at 405 Barclay Blvd., Lincolnshire, Ill.

EPA alleges that Honeywell failed to apply for a state operating permit and used paper coatings with a volatile organic compound content that exceeded state limits. EPA discovered the alleged violations during a Nov. 22 inspection.

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

Volatile organic compounds contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone or smog. Smog is formed when a mixture of air pollutants is baked in the hot summer sun. Smog can cause a variety of respiratory problems, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest pain. People with asthma, children and the elderly are especially at risk, but these health problems are important to everyone.

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