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EPA reaches agreement with Aluminum Recovery Technologies

Release Date: 3/22/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA031

CHICAGO (Mar. 22, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Aluminum Recovery Technologies Inc. on alleged clean-air violations at the company's aluminum recovery plant at 2170 Production Road, Kendallville, Ind. EPA assessed a $100,000 penalty.

The agreement resolves an EPA administrative complaint filed last September alleging that ART had released more dioxins and furans from its plant than is allowed by federal regulations.

ART made operational changes at the plant, and follow-up testing showed compliance with dioxin and furan regulations.

"We are pleased that ART moved quickly to bring its dioxin and furan emissions into compliance with federal regulations," said Acting Regional Administrator Bharat Mathur.

There is evidence that dioxins may cause liver damage and probably cause cancer in humans, and furans may cause cancer in humans.

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