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EPA cites Equistar Chemicals for clean-air violations

Release Date: 06/20/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254,

For Immediate Release
No. 06-OPA103

CHICAGO (June 20, 2006) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Equistar Chemicals LP for alleged clean-air violations at the company’s ethylene manufacturing plant at 8805 N. Tabler Road, Morris, Ill.

EPA alleges that Equistar violated EPA regulations by discharging visible emissions of black smoke from the main flare at its plant. The emissions were observed by EPA inspectors May 3.

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

Inhaling smoke can affect children, the elderly and people with heart and lung diseases the most.

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