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EPA cites Remelt Services for clean-air violations

Release Date: 11/01/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA231

CHICAGO (Nov. 1, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has filed an administrative complaint against Remelt Services Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's aluminum recovery plant at 6560 Juniata Ave., Cleveland, Ohio. EPA proposed a $119,822 penalty.

EPA alleges that Remelt failed to comply with federal dioxin and furan emission control requirements for its aluminum melting furnace. Specifically, EPA alleges that the company failed to meet requirements for proper operation, monitoring, planning, recordkeeping and notification.

Remelt has 30 days from receipt of the complaint to file an answer and request a hearing. The company may request an informal conference with EPA at any time to discuss resolving the allegations.

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